The singing bird | Rufino Tamayo | 1943
Rufino Tamayo is born in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 1899.
He studies art and became interested by the movements of that time, such as cubism, impressionism and fauvism; however, he distance himself from them and now he is considered one of the best abstract figurative artists of the country.
But he was also different from other artists for another reason: after the Mexican Revolution, most of the artists worked on political motifs, but Tamayo rejected that position, as he wanted to paint about the traditional Mexico and not just a moment of its history. For this decision, he was considered a traitor and the artist preferred to move to New York, USA, where he painted most of his canvas.
In The singing bird, we see a cage with the little animal in it and, below, very near from it, we see a masculine figure sited with his legs closed, apparently disturbed but the bird’s sing. Figures are almost abstract, but we notice the first influences from another movements in the artist, especially cubism and fauvism. The colors are earthly and thick, which makes the scene rawer.