1914. Oil on cardboard. 100 x 79 cm. Museo de Arte, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Read Note.
Diego Rivera (1866-1957) Mexican painter born in Guanajuato. In 1921, he began a series of murals in public buildings depicting the life and history (particularly the popular uprisings) of the Mexican people. From 1930 to 1934, he executed a number of frescoes in the USA, mainly of industrial life. His art is a curious blend of the rhetorical realism of folk art and revolutionary propaganda, with overtones of Byzantine and Aztec symbolism. His Man at the Crossroads mural for the Rockefeller Center in New York (1933) was removed and put up in Mexico City because it contained a portrait of Lenin. He was married to Frida Kahlo.
Amedeo Modigliani. Portrait of Diego Rivera.
Chambers Biographical Dictionary. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd. 1996