Francisco Zúñiga (Mexican, 1912-1998)
Signed and dated "Zúñiga 1975" on the man's shin.
Black marble, 10 1/8 x 20 1/4 x 10 in. (25.9 x 51.4 x 25.4 cm), marble base.
Condition: Dust to interstices on the exterior.
Provenance: A private Massachusetts collection.
N.B. Costa-Rican born, Mexican artist Francisco Zúñiga was the most important sculptor, printmaker, and draughtsman of the Mexican modern style. He trained first with his father, Manuel María Zúñiga, and then with Guillermo Ruíz (1895-1964) and Oliverio Martínez at the Escuela de Talla Directa in Mexico City. Important influences for the development of Zúñiga's monumental forms came both from Aztec sculpture and the European avant-garde tradition, especially the work of Auguste Rodin and Aristide Maillol. In all his work, Zúñiga glorified the humble nature of Latin American figures, exalting peasant mothers with their children and resolute workers.
While exploring boldly simplified forms, Zúñiga always preferred figurative representation because he found the human figure to be the most important element in the world around him. In this compact composition two lovers are indistinctly intertwined. The fusion of the two bodies, cut from the same elegant black stone, conspicuously characterizes the act of love-making.
Today, his works can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC.
No further condition issues to report.
Base dimensions: 15 x 2 in.
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