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Sandías con Manzano (Watermelons with an Apple) (1985)

Rufino del Carmen Arellanes Tamayo

mixograph on handmade paper

Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA), University of Essex, Colchester

Sandías con Manzano (Watermelons with an Apple) (1985)

Photo credit: Doug Atfield



Drawing and Watercolour, Print


Ink, Paper

Physical Object Description:

Signed, lower right, numbered lower left: 78/90




86 x 105 cm

Accession Number:



Donated by Eric and Jean Cass through the Contemporary Art Society, 2012

Ownership history:

Purchased from Wolf Schulz Gallery, San Francisco by Eric and Jean Cass, 21 January 1987; by whom gifted to the Contemporary Art Society, 2012; presented to Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA), University of Essex, Colchester, 2012
Mixography is a unique printing process invented by Luis Remba, a Mexican printer who worked regularly with Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, in response to the artist's frustration with other printing methods. In mixography, a sequence of plates, three being the minimum number, are moulded one from the another, with the last, even-numbered plate being used to print the image on paper. In the case of Watermelons with an Apple (1985) a plastic mould was made from the original collage, registering the textures in the finest detail. From the plastic a wax plate was made, the image appearing in positive form. Then a copper plate was made, taking a very precise impression of the wax. The copper plate which registers high relief, low relief and flat images, has thereby the capacity to apparently mix, or combine, all the materials in the original collage.

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