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  • Title: Dos personajes atacados por perros
  • Creator: Rufino Tamayo
  • Creator Lifespan: 1899 - 1991
  • Creator Nationality: Mexican
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Creator Birth Place: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Date Created: 1983
  • Title translation: Two People Attacked by Dogs
  • Physical Dimensions: w61 x h98 in
  • About the Work: Tamayo’s view of modernity required an escape from the limitations of nationalism and a search for cosmic meaning, addressing “social” problems in a more universal way. The modern social revolution in art embraced post-war abstract expressionist and surreal tendencies with the incorporation of primitive style imagery. Tamayo’s works are part of a self-described realism that did not reference nature but was an abstraction of human and animal forms, based on architectural and geometric shapes and a primitive sense of proportion and scale, such as in Two People Attacked by Dogs, a colossal Mixograph on Amate paper. Reminiscent of the violence and tragedy of Picasso’s Guernica (1937), it also portrays animals as allegories of war and destruction. Two figures—one male one female—are being chased by a pair of vicious dogs as a metaphor of how humanity is hunted by its own bestiality, fear, and evil, whilst in the never-ending search for humanism within a cosmic perspective of the world.
  • Type: Mixograph
  • Rights: Robert Gumbiner Foundation Collection
  • External Link: Museum of Latin American Art
  • Medium: Mixography on paper

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