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Diego Rivera

(1886 - 1957)

Diego Rivera Portrait

Biography

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Jose Diego Maria Rivera-Barrientos, along with his twin brother Jose Carlos Maria, was born on 8 December 1886 (some sources say 13 December), in the city of Guanajato, Mexico. They were the two eldest sons of Diego Rivera and Maria del Pilar Barrientos. Both the parents were school teachers. The father was of Creole origin; according to rumor the painter's paternal grandfather had been born in Russia and immigrated to Mexico. Diego's mother was one-quarter Indian. Diego's twin brother would die in infancy. In 1892, the family moved to Mexico city, where Diego was sent to the Carpantier Catholic College. Diego exhibited a vocation for painting early in life. In 1896, he began attending evening classes at the San Carlos Academy of Art. Two years later, he enrolled at the Academy full-time, despite the wishes of his father, who wanted a military career for his son. Diego studied under such painters as Santiago Rebull, Felix Parra and Jose Maria Velasco, his artistic education firmly grounded in classical principles.Read Diego Rivera's Full Biography

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Diego Rivera. Head of a Goat. / Cabeza de cabra. Head of a Goat. / Cabeza de cabra. c.1905. Pencil on paper. 12.5 x 9.5 cm. Rafael Coronel Collection, Cuernavaca, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. Classical Head. Classical Head. 1898. Oil on canvas. 48.5 x 39.2 cm. Museo Casa Diego Rivera, Guanajuato, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. The Threshing Floor. La era. The Threshing Floor. La era. 1904. Oil on canvas. 100 x 114.6 cm. Museo Casa Diego Rivera, Guanajuato, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. Self-Portrait. Self-Portrait. 1907. Oil on canvas. Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino, Mexico City, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. Night Scene in Avila. Night Scene in Avila. 1907. Oil on canvas. Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino, Mexico City, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. Notre Dame de Paris in the
 Rain. Notre Dame de Paris in the Rain. 1909. Oil on canvas. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. Portrait of Angelina Beloff. Portrait of Angelina Beloff. 1909. Oil on canvas. Collection of the State of Veracrus, Xalapa, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. House over the Bridge. / Casa
 sobre el puente. House over the Bridge. / Casa sobre el puente. c.1909. Oil on canvas. 147 x 120 cm. Museo Nacional de Arte, MUNAL - INBA, Mexico City, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. Head of a Breton Woman. / Cabeza
 de mujer bretona. Head of a Breton Woman. / Cabeza de mujer bretona. 1910. Oil on canvas. 129 x 141 cm. Museo Casa Diego Rivera, Guanajuato, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. Breton Girl. / Muchacha bretona. Breton Girl. / Muchacha bretona. 1910. Oil on canvas. 100-80 cm. Museo Casa Diego Rivera, Guanajuato, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. View of Toledo. / Vista de
 Toledo. View of Toledo. / Vista de Toledo. 1912. Oil on canvas. 112 x 91 cm. Fundación Amparo R. de Espinosa Yglesias, Puebla, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. The Adoration of the Virgin. The Adoration of the Virgin. 1913. Encaustic. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. Portrait of Oscar Miestchaninoff. Portrait of Oscar Miestchaninoff. 1913. Oil on canvas. 147 x 120 cm. Gobierno del Estado de Veracruz, Pinacoteca Diego Rivera, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. Portrait d'Adolfo Best Maugard. Portrait d'Adolfo Best Maugard. 1913. Oil on canvas. 227.5 x 161.5 cm. Museo Nacional de Arte, CNCA, INBA, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. Woman at a Well (reverse of Zapatista Landscape). / La mujer del pozo. Woman at a Well (reverse of Zapatista Landscape). / La mujer del pozo. 1913. Oil on canvas. 144 x 125 cm. Museo Nacional de Arte, MUNAL - INBA, Mexico City, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. La Tour Eiffel. La Tour Eiffel. 1914. Oil on canvas. 115 x 92 cm. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. Portrait of Two Women. Portrait of Two Women. 1914. Oil on canvas. The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. Sailor at Breakfast. / Marinero
 almorzando. Sailor at Breakfast. / Marinero almorzando. 1914. Oil on canvas. 117 x 72 cm. Museo Casa Diego Rivera, Guanajuato, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. Portrait de Martin Luis Guzman. Portrait de Martin Luis Guzman. 1915. Oil on canvas. 72.3 x 59.3 cm. Collection Funfacion Televisa, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. Zapatista Landscape. Zapatista Landscape. 1915. Oil on canvas. Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. Portrait of Ramon Gomez de
 la Serna. Portrait of Ramon Gomez de la Serna. 1915. Oil on canvas. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. Motherhood - Angelina and the  Child Diego. / Maternidad - Angelina y et niño Diego. Motherhood - Angelina and the Child Diego. / Maternidad - Angelina y et niño Diego. 1916. Oil on canvas. 132 x 86 cm. Museo de Arte Alvar y Carmen T. de Carrillo Gil, MCG - INBA, Mexico City, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. Still Life. Still Life. 1918. Oil on canvas. Collection of the State of Veracrus, Xalapa, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. The Mathematician. The Mathematician. 1918. Oil on canvas. Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino, Mexico City, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. The Outskirts of Paris. The Outskirts of Paris. 1918. Oil on canvas. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Rivera. Creation. / La creación. Creation. / La creación. 1922-23. Fresco in encaustic and gold leaf Anfiteatro Simón Bolívar, Escuala Nacional Preparatoria, Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City, Mexico. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
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