The present work could be interpreted as an autobiographical reference; a personal homage to a life of artistic fulfillment. In it, a radiant character beaming with happiness offers the beholder a prodigious harvest: a collection of abundant fruits emblematic of Tamayo’s long life cultivation of his craft. A festive and triumphant canvas, the painting alludes to a symbolic emotional portrait of his own cheerfulness; a youthful celebration of Tamayo’s love of life.
Ofrenda de frutas central element is a luminous still-life made up of tropical fruits painted in tones of gold. Voluptuous and bountiful, they are fondly displayed within the smile-shaped sheet held by the powerful hands of the character; a form repeated on his face.
The powerful color of this canvas is achieved by the vital contrasts between the green saturated background, the subtle grays of the character, the furniture, and the varied shades of golden yellow emanating from the still-life which together, direct the viewer's eye to the red horizontal strips painted on his chest.
Like other works by Tamayo, Ofrenda de frutas reveals itself in its details: the character standing in front of us and on top of a table, in front of a landscape; centered in between two welcoming doors, he invites us to enter the magical world of Rufino Tamayo.
Juan Carlos Pereda
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