Lot 12
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Rufino Tamayo(1899-1991)

600,000 - 800,000 USD
672,500 USD
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  • Rufino Tamayo
  • El Juglar
  • signed and dated O-61 upper left; also titled on the reverse
  • oil and sand on canvas


Galería Misrachi, Mexico City
Galerie Semiha Huber, Zurich
Thence by descent to the present owner 


Mexico City, Galería Misrachi, Tamayo: Nueva Fisonomía de la Pintura Mexicana, March, 1962, no. 13
Tokyo, Shirogane Geihin Kan Hall, Mainichi Newspaper, Tamayo, September 11-October 6, 1963, p. 35, illustrated
Mexico City, Museo de Arte Moderno, Rufino Tamayo, September, 1964, no. 43
Zurich, Galerie Semiha Huber, Rufino Tamayo, November-December, 1965, no. 9, illustrated


Luis Cardoza y Aragón et al., La Pintura y la Revolución Mexicana en Cuarenta Siglos de Plástica Mexicana, ed. III: Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, Mexico City, 1971, p. 159, illustrated 

Catalogue Note

El Juglar is among Rufino Tamayo's most recognizable and enduring characters. Cherished for his physical skills, he reveals the artist's exceptional ability to synthesize the human body into positions of great plasticity; postures evoking impossibly contorted movements.

Painted in 1961, El Juglar is caught in the act of balancing several objects simultaneously spinning in space only to fall into his hands in an eternal motion. Unlike in more muted compositions, the figure here is silhouetted against a rich atmosphere of opulent golden hues, deep tones of plum, and luminous scintillating oranges depicting Tamayo's expertise for warmth and sumptuous textures. Masterly executed, El Juglar is an outstanding example of his mature period of the 1960s, a decade marked by great international success.