El Muchacho del Violón is a powerful testimony of the artist´s perfect control of his craft at the end of his career. It is easy to see the back and forth with the color of the background against which the young musician stands with a sense of gravity. The painting is articulated around the triangle suggested by the neck and the tail piece of the violin and the bow. The verticality of the scene is reinforced by the stool seat and the right foot of the young boy which also anchors the composition to the floor. The abstract background is composed of flag-like horizontal stripes. The effect of the red shirt over the reddish or pinkish background is a chromatic tour de force: to be more visually effective, Tamayo could have used contrasted colors. The elegance of the red range on top of the grey and ochre zones seems to frame the brown violin which stands in the middle of the painting as if it was the composition´s center of interest. Tamayo also used dots of light blue paint in the central part to help animate the transition between the musician and the background. Finally, as Tamayo painted the face and the violin, he scratched the surface with a firm hand to shape the strings of the instrument and the facial features of the young musician.
Tamayo chose this painting as one of the most important works to be exhibited in his last solo exhibition Rufino Tamayo, Recent Paintings 1980-1990 which took place at Marlborough Gallery in New York later that year.
 Rufino Tamayo, Aproximaciones, Editorial Praxis, August, 2000, pp 440 and 441, , Mexico City
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