European Artist at the Dawn of the Mexican Revolution : Notes on Diego Rivera

Dec. 8 is the birthday of an artist whose studies of Italian, French and Spanish paintings evolved into a mural style that is seen as distinctly Mexican.

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Rivera, “Portrait of Adolfo Best Maguard,” 1913. Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL), Mexico City, Mexico
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Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, accompanied by generals, in Mexico City, 1914. Wikimedia copy of photo in public domain.
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Left, a 1914 Rivera painting of the Eiffel Tower, Wikiart image of work held in a private collection. Right, a 1911 Delaunay painting of the tower, Guggenheim Museum, New York. Both images in public domain.
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Rivera, “The Adoration of the Magi,” 1913. Wikiart copy of image in public domain.
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Rivera, “Portrait of Two Women,” 1914. Wikiart copy of image in public domain.
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Rivera, “Paisaje zapatista,” 1915 | Museo Nacional de Arte, INBAL | D.R. © 2019 Banco de México. Image is in public domain.

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