description of The Window by Rufino Tamayo

This oil painting, which measures one-and-a-half feet tall and two feet wide, depicts the view from an open window on a gray, cloudy night. A full moon hangs in the blue-gray sky at our upper right, casting soft white light onto the scene. Outside the window is a series of low, white plaster walls which create open bays and hidden corners. A utility pole rises out of one such bay on our right, supporting power lines that stretch into the distance. The edge of the open window covers the left hand side of the canvas, and the dirty white window sill frames the bottom of the painting. In the lower right hand corner of the canvas, resting on the otherwise empty windowsill, lies a wood-handled revolver.

Rufino Tamayo, The Window, 1932
Rufino Tamayo, The Window, 1932; oil on canvas, 19 3/4 in. x 23 5/8 in. (50.17 cm x 60.01 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Gift of Howard M. Putzel; © D.R. Rufino Tamayo / Herederos / México / 2008 Fundación Olga y Rufino Tamayo, A.C.

Artwork Info

Artwork title
The Window
Artist name
Rufino Tamayo
Date created
1932
Classification
painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
19 3/4 in. x 23 5/8 in. (50.17 cm x 60.01 cm)
Date acquired
1935
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of Howard M. Putzel
Copyright
© D.R. Rufino Tamayo / Herederos / México / 2008 Fundación Olga y Rufino Tamayo, A.C.
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/35.3399
Artwork status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture Since 1900

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