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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

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w ; 24 x 18 cm.

Diego Rivera

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w ; 25 x 21 cm. Rivera in front of Nude with Calla Lilies.

Diego Rivera

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w ; 9 x 13 cm.

Diego Rivera sitting by a Mexican ruin.

Diego Rivera painting outside

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w ; 25 x 21 cm.

"Diego Rivera: The Cubist Years"

Archives of American Art
1 exhibition announcement : ill. ; 18 x 12 cm.

Diego Rivera and Robert Tannahill

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w ; 35 x 22 cm.

Photo shows Rivera, in tattered jacket, with one hand behind his back holding a cigar, and the other crossing his chest, standing to the left of Robert Tannahill, in suit and overcoat, holding a book and a hat.

Diego Rivera in his studio

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w ; 23 x 18 cm. Rivera seated in his studio with a blanket wrapped around his shoulders. Two large sculptures of cartoon-like people are behind him.
Identification on verso (handwritten, in German): "Diego Rivera im Studio."

Diego Rivera in his studio

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w ; 24 x 18 cm.

Rivera is his studio with a blanket wrapped around his shoulders, looking out of a window. He stands nestled in the arm of one of two large cartoon-like sculptures of men in the studio.

Diego Rivera, from the portfolio "Portraiture"

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Diego Rivera in his courtyard

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w ; 19 x 14 cm. Painter Diego Rivera in the courtyard of his home with a bird on his shoulder.
Identification on verso (handwritten, in German): Diego Rivera im Innenhof seines Heims.

Diego Rivera in his courtyard

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm.

Painter Diego Rivera in the courtyard of his home with a bird on his shoulder.

Diego Rivera holding a dog

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w ; 25 x 20 cm.

Rivera, outdoors, holding a Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican hairless dog).

Diego Rivera with his idols

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w ; 19 x 20 cm. (image) 35 x 20 cm. (sheet)

Rivera sitting with arm around a sculpture in Coyoacan, Mexico.

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.

Portrait of Diego Rivera holding paintbrushes

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : col. ; 51 x 40 cm.

Shows Rivera in his studio holding several paintbrushes in his hand. Behind him are three large papier-mâché Judas figures.

Diego Rivera painting in his studio

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : col. ; 51 x 40 cm.

Shows Rivera painting with his right hand, holding two paintbrushes in his left. The item he is painting is not visible. Behind him is a table covered with papers and two papier-mâché Judas figures.

Lucien Labaudt, Diego Rivera, and others

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w ; 15 x 20 cm., on board 18 x 24 cm. Group portrait taken outdoors. Standing, left to right: Lucien Labaudt, Antonio Sotomayor, Jose Moya del Pino, Otis Oldfield (with pipe), William Gerstle, Philip Little, and Timothy Pflueger.
Seated, left to right: Diego Rivera, Charles Black.
Photograph taken at the Family Farm, a private club in the San Francisco Bay area.

Portrait of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w ; 24 x 19 cm.

Full length portrait of Kahlo and Rivera in the studio of sculptor Ralph Stackpole, on Montgomery Street, San Francisco.

Diego Rivera at work in his studio

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w ; 24 x 19 cm.

Diego Rivera painting a portrait of a woman.

Photograph of Diego Rivera on studio roof

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w ; 21 x 25 cm.

Photograph of Diego Rivera standing on the roof of his studio in Mexico City, Mexico, where he lived between 1932 and 1939.

Frida Kahlo letter to Diego Rivera

Archives of American Art
Letter : 1 p. : handwritten ; 29 x 13 cm. Translation: Diego my love- Remember that once you finish the fresco we will be together forever once and for all, without arguments or anything, only to love one another. Behave yourself and do everything that Emmy Lou tells you. I adore you more than ever. Your girl, Frida (Write me).
Identification by Emmy Lou Packard: San Francisco, 1940 The Spanish words in Frida's note to Diego she left in the Treasure Island Studio of Rivera's for painting the 75-foot fresco now at City College of San Francisco. Frida was leaving for a trip to New York (trial having to do with Lupe Marin; see letter) The envelope was a watch and jewelry depository while Frida was briefly in St. Luke's Hospital, placed there for observation by Dr. Leo Elloesser.

The Diego Rivera of San Quentin

Smithsonian Magazine
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