The elegant and laconic figure of a pre-Hispanic dog, drawn in profile and placed against the light, may be the canine image that the artist achieved with the most eloquence and beauty. The economy of forms and the strength of the content are one. The expressiveness of ancestral forms becomes a contemporary synthesis which Tamayo transmutes into something modern. In this lithograph, the smooth, atmospheric stain that surrounds the image may evoke the patinas that have given the centuries to the pre-Hispanic ceramics that inspired it.
Tamayo is a Mexican artist of Mesoamerican Indian descent, who combines European painting styles and Mexican folk motifs in his paintings and prints. He was concerned with form and symbolism, and combining Mexican styles with Cubism and Surrealism. The saturated color, simplified forms and earth-like textures reveals the artist's indigenous roots and also his interest in simple modern subject matter.
Color lithograph, 1973. 570x770 mm; 22 x 30 inches, full margins. The deluxe edition of 25, aside from the edition of 100. Signed and numbered II/XXV in pencil, lower margin. Published by Editions Press, San Francisco. From The Mexican Masters Suite. A superb impression with strong colors. Pereda 136.