RUFINO TAMAYO (1899-1991)
Retrato de Olga
48 x 36 in.
pastel, crayon, sanguine & oil stick on masonite
Rufino Tamayo was a Mexican artist and muralist, who was a contemporary of Rivera and Orozco, though viewed the world from a different political lense. This portrait, entitled Retrato de Olga, shows one of Tamayo’s favorite subjects: his wife, Olga. He often painted her and used the color palette and her facial expression to express the struggles in their lives. This portrait is done in brown tones—light brown background, dark brown shawl matching the brown of her hair, her brown shirt almost the same brown tone of her skin. Her arms are crossed gently in front of her, one hand grasping the other arm. He depicts her with high, arched brows, a straight nose, and her expression is one of poise and neutrality.