With the grace of a dancer and the energy of an athlete, this Saltimbanque displays gestures that serve to subtly counterbalance the static nature of two dimensional planes. In the evanescent mist background, floating small patches of color enhance the visual atmosphere supporting the acrobatic leap. The elegant but vital contrast of harmonic colors, makes a subtle distinction between his clothes and the floor on which he performs. His facial expression reveals the concentration required of him while recalling a prehispanic mask. The present work, executed when the artist was eighty-three, eloquently affirms the pictorial achievement of his mature age.
On the other side, The Juggler exudes energy and vitality, as if it had been painted by an artist in the prime of his youth. These technical and conceptual motifs--only achieved in his later years--allowed Tamayo to reach a virtuosity through apparently simple yet fully accomplished compositions.
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