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Diego Rivera

National Portrait Gallery
Diego Rivera is remembered for his public art and murals in Mexico and the United States. During the late 1920s and the 1930s, he painted monumental and powerful murals for public buildings, including a twenty-seven-panel fresco called Detroit Industry for the Detroit Institute of Arts. His 1933 mural for Rockefeller Center was canceled when he included among its portraits one of Lenin. Rivera was well known in the United States by the time he created this self-portrait. It is one of numerous lithographs he produced as a means of supporting himself while working on more time- consuming projects. The lively crosshatching strokes used to model the contours of his face relate directly to the technique he employed in his monumental murals. Notably, this image was used by several major newspapers to accompany his obituary, and thus, in significant ways, it is how the American public often pictured him.

Diego Rivera es recordado por sus obras de arte público y sus murales en México y Estados Unidos. Entre las décadas de 1920 y 1930 pintó murales de impactante monumentalidad para edificios públicos estadounidenses, entre ellos un fresco de veintisiete paneles llamado Detroit Industry (Detroit Institute of Arts). Su mural de 1933 para el Rockefeller Center fue cancelado cuando incluyó entre los represen- tados a Lenin. Para la fecha en que creó este autorretrato, Rivera era ya muy conocido en Estados Unidos. La obra es una de numerosas litografías que produjo para ganarse la vida mientras trabajaba en proyectos de más largo alcance. El vigoroso sombreado a rayas con que moldea los contornos de su rostro remite directamente a la técnica que empleaba en sus grandes murales. Cabe notar que esta imagen fue utilizada por varios periódicos importantes para acompañar su obituario y por lo tanto, de manera significativa, es así como lo recuerda el público estadounidense.

Frida and Diego Rivera

Catalog of American Portraits

Diego Rivera, from the portfolio "Portraiture"

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Caricature of Diego Rivera, [photomechanical print]

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
(Printed below image:) 4791 / Copyright New York Graphic Society, Fine Art Publishers / Printed in U.S.A. / Caricature of Diego Rivera by Miguel Covarrubias.

(Label on back, stamped and inscribed:) Library of Congress / Copyright Entry Date Sep. 23/46 / No. H254 / Accession No. 48234 / Division of Fine Arts / Covarrubias, Miguel / Caricature of Diego Rivera.

Diego Rivera [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

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Diego Rivera, Mexican painter, 1886-1957.

Diego Rivera, San Francisco, California [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

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Diego Rivera, Mexican painter, 1886-1957.

Diego Rivera, San Francisco, California [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

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Diego Rivera, Mexican painter, 1886-1957.

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, San Francisco, California [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Vanity Fair (September 1931): pg. 63.

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Diego Rivera, Mexican painter, 1886-1957.

Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter, 1907-1954.

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, San Francisco, California [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Diego Rivera, Mexican painter, 1886-1975.

Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter, 1907-1954.

Diego Rivera at work on "Liberation of the Peon," New York [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
"Diego Rivera," New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1931.

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Diego Rivera, Mexican painter, 1886-1957.

Diego Rivera at work on "Liberation of the Peon," New York, 1931 [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Black-and-white study print (11x14).

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Diego Rivera, Mexican painter, 1886-1957.

Diego Rivera seated at work on "Liberation of the Peon," New York [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
"Diego Rivera," New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1931.

Black-and-white study print (8x10).

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Diego Rivera, Mexican painter, 1886-1957.

Stahl, Joan, "American Artists in Photographic Portraits from the Peter A. Juley & Son Collection," Mineola, NY: Dover Publications in association with the National Museum of American Art, 1995, fig. 158, pg. 72.

Diego Rivera standing in front of "Agrarian Leader Zapata," New York, 1931 [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

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Diego Rivera, Mexican painter, 1886-1957.

Diego Rivera standing in front of "Agrarian Leader Zapata," New York, 1931 [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Diego Rivera, Mexican painter, 1886-1957.

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo with Lucile and Arnold Blanch, San Francisco, California [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Study print on file (8x10).

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Diego Rivera, Mexican painter, 1886-1957.

Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter, 1907-1954.

Arnold A. Blanch, American painter, 1896-1968.

Lucile Blanch, American painter, 1885-1981.

Diego Rivera at work on "Allegory of California," San Francisco Stock Exchange Luncheon Club, 1931 [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Hurlburt, Laurance P., "Mexican Muralists in the United States," Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1989, pg. 105.

Black-and-white study print (8x10).

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Diego Rivera, Mexican painter, 1886-1957.

Diego Rivera at work on "Allegory of California," San Francisco Stock Exchange Luncheon Club, 1931 [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Hurlburt, Laurance P., "Mexican Muralists in the United States," Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1989, pg. 105.

Black-and-white study print (8x10).

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Diego Rivera, Mexican painter, 1886-1957.

Untitled (Young man with model airplane), [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Study for the San Francisco Stock Exchange mural, "Allegory of California."

"Diego Rivera," San Francisco, CA: Taylor & Taylor (San Francisco Museum of Art), 1940, no. 11.

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Man Plastering [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Study for "Allegory of California", San Francisco Stock Exchange.

"Diego Rivera," New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1931, no. 116.

Black-and-white study print (8x10).

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Museum of Modern Art.

No Title Given: Worker [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Title supplied by cataloger.

Black-and-white study print (8x10).

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Museum of Modern Art.

The Man [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Costume design for the ballet, H.P. (Horsepower).

"Diego Rivera: A Retrospective," New York: Founders Society Detroit Institute of Arts, 1986, pg. 68, fig. 126.

Museum of Modern Art, 2009.

Black-and-white study print (8x10).

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Museum of Modern Art.

The Flower Carrier [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
"Diego Rivera: A Retrospective," New York: Founders Society Detroit Institute of Arts, 1986, pg. 91, fig. 193.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2009.

Black-and-white study print (8x10).

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Museum of Modern Art.

Banana [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Costume design for the ballet H.P. (Horsepower).

Museum of Modern Art, 2009.

Wolfe, Bertram D., "Diego Rivera: His Life and Times," New York and London: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939, no. 141.

Black-and-white study print (8x10).

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Museum of Modern Art.

Portrait of America: Opponent of Nazism [fresco] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
"Diego Rivera: A Retrospective," New York: Founders Society Detroit Institute of Arts, 1986, pg. 300-301, panel T.

Rivera, Diego and Bertram D. Wolfe, "Portrait of America," New York: Convici, Friede, 1934, pg. 231-232.

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Sotheby's, New York (November 26, 1985).

Installed 1933 at the New Workers School, New York City. Bequest 1941 to the International Ladies Garment Workers Union; bequest 1964 to the International Rescue Committee.
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