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Demi Poisson



Sheet: 52.1 x 69.2 cm (20 1/2 x 27 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Color lithograph

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings



The long-lived Tamayo was not only an expressive painter but also an important printmaker. He was inspired by European modernism but equally by the Pre-Hispanic ceramics and sculpture which he collected. His collection was donated to the City of Oaxaca. The most important Oaxacan artist working today, Francisco Toledo, continues many of Tamayo’s artistic traditions. This simple still life image (a genre for which the later Tamayo is well-known) of a filet of fish surrounded by moon-like lemon slices is transformed by the subtle layered color and delicate textures which Tamayo has evoked from the sometimes inexpressive lithographic medium.


In graphite, l.l.: 39/150; l.r.: R Tamayo


Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles; from whom purchased by MFA, 20 September 2006

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds from The Print and Drawing Club


© Estate of Rufino Tamayo. Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.