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Two Women Combing Their Hair

Rufino Tamayo is considered one of the greatest Mexican artists of the twentieth century. Influenced both by French modernism and pre-Columbian art, he gained renown as an easel painter and a muralist. In this painting, the solid forms and simple geometry of the figures are evocative of the classical images created by Pablo Picasso during the 1920s and 1930s, while the subdued earth-tone palette is reminiscent of pre-Columbian pottery. More concerned with form than with the specificity of his subject matter, Tamayo portrayed these women as universal archetypes.

Rufino Tamayo
Mexican, 1899‒1991
Two Women Combing Their Hair
Oil on canvas
44 7/8 x 68 3/16 in. (114.0 x 173.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry R. Hope, 82.65

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