Latin American Art at Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s May 27th evening sale of Latin American Art is highlighted by Rufino Tamayo’s elegant Sandias from 1953 which is estimated to sell for $800/1 million. Other highlights of the sale include important works by such key Latin American artists as Fernando Botero, Claudio Bravo, Matta, Francisco Zuniga and Mario Carreno, among others. In addition, for the first time, the sale will include a special sequence celebrating the landscape entitled Paisajes: Latin American Landscapes. Prior to the May 27th and 28th sales the works will be on view in Sotheby’s 10th floor nbsp; galleries from May 23rd to 27th at noon. Rufino Tamayo’s elegant Sandias of 1953 epitomizes the Mexican master’s life-long exploration of still-life painting, and stands as an especially fine example of the artist’s most celebrated subject: watermelons. Tamayo would return to develop and refine this theme again and again throughout his long career. In November 2002, Sotheby’s sold the first example of Tamayo’s exploration of the watermelon theme, the important Naturaleza Muerta (23 x 19 in.) from the renowned collection of Stanley Marcus, for $361,500. In the present work (39 ? x 32 in.), a product of Tamayo’s classic mature period which was commissioned by the original owner, the still life opens like a flower on the slim base of the pedestal table. Tamayo energizes the elegant composition by offering multiple perspectives on the deceptively simple still life. This understated evocation of Cubism, which is estimated to sell for $800,000/1 million creates a remarkably complex and sophisticated composition that lives in a room of its own.

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