Francisco Toledo

1940-2019, Mexican


Lithograph in colors on paper under glass
Appears to be an artist's proof aside from the edition of unknown size
Signed and indistinctly inscribed, possibly "prueba de artista," in pencil in the lower margin: Toledo; titled on a label affixed to the backboard of the frame
Image: 23" H x 17" W; Sight: 24.5" H x 17.875" W

  • Provenance: Jack Misrachi Gallery, NY, NY
    Acquired from the above in the 1970s
    Thence by descent through the family to the present owner
  • Notes: Born in Juchitán, Oaxaca in 1940, Francisco Toledo spent his childhood between Juchitán and Minatitlán, Veracruz. As a young man, Francisco Toledo followed his father into the jungles of Oaxaca on wild animal hunts. Later, he moved to Mexico where he took up the trade of lithography from the engraving workshops at the local School of Arts and Crafts. In 1959, after developing his craft, Toledo exhibited his works at Antonio Souza's gallery in Mexico and at the Forth Worth Art Center in Texas. These early years informed the artist he would become. "Toledo's is the art of shamanism," Christopher Goodwin of The Guardian wrote in 2000, "in which people are transformed into beasts and animals and may take on human characteristics." President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico announced the death on Twitter, calling Mr. Toledo "a true defender of nature, customs, and traditions of our people." While he preferred anonymity, his service to cultural preservation and celebration of traditional imagery gained him national acclaim. His first one-man show at 19 years set the stage for his travels to Paris where he was supported by poet Octavio Paz and the painter Rufino Tamayo. Toledo's fascination with the metaphors of indigenous animals as symbols of Mexican history and mythology abound in his art. He settled definitively in Mexico in 1967.
  • Condition: Good condition. Overall toning to the paper. Not examined out of the frame.

    Frame: 31" H x 24.75" W x 1.25" D

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