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Artists of the Day – Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo

Posted by dorian on October 20, 2009

In celebration of  the National Hispanic Heritage month, this is a tribute to two of Mexico’s greatest artists.  Without question, both merit their own separate Artist of the Day posts, but I’m trying something different. I thought it would be interesting to give a visual comparative study of each artist’s style in their works represented here and in the web gallery links provided. I will let their art speak for themselves.

imagesDiego Rivera (1886 – 1957) – Considered the greatest Mexican painter of the twentieth century, Diego Rivera had a profound effect on the international art world. Among his many contributions, Rivera is credited with the reintroduction of fresco painting into modern art and architecture. His radical political views and tempestuous romance with the painter Frieda Kahlo were then, and remain today, a source of public intrigue. In a series of visits to America, from 1930 to 1940, Rivera brought his unique vision to public spaces and galleries, enlightening and inspiring artists and laymen alike.  Diego Rivera biography


Flower Festival. / Festival de las flores. 1925. Oil on canvas. 147.3 x 120.7 cm. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA.


Diego Rivera. Indian Boy and Indian Woman with Corn Stalks. 1926-27. Fresco. Chapingo Chapel, National School of Agriculture, Mexico City, Mexico.


The Flower Carrier 1935 Oil and tempera on masonite 48 x 47 3/4 in. (121.9 x 121.3 cm) San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


Diego Rivera. Portrait of Lupe Marin. / Retrato de Lupe Marin. 1938. Oil on canvas. 171.3 x 122.3 cm. Museo de Arte Moderno. Mexico City, Mexico.


Diego Rivera. Portrait of Cuca Bustamante. / Retrato de Cuca Bustamante. 1946. Oil on canvas. 158 x 122.5 cm. Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico.


Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Part. (central detail). / Sueno de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central. Transportable. 1947-48. Fresco. 480 x 1500 cm. Musei Mural Diego Rivera, Mexico City. Originally in the Hotel del Prado on Alameda Park.


Portrait of Sra. Dona Elena Flores de Carrillo. / Retrato de la Sra Dona Elena Flores de Carrillo. 1953. Oil on canvas. 140 x 221.5 cm. Private collection.


The Painter's Studio. / Estudio del pintor. 1954. Oil on canvas. 178 x 150 cm. Private collection.

for more diego rivera art: →   The Diego Rivera Web Gallery



Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is one of Mexico’s most famous artists and also something of a feminist icon, celebrated for her passionate indomitability in the face of life’s trials. She’s best known for her daring self-portraits depicting the suffering she experienced in her personal life. As a child Kahlo had polio; at the age of 18 she broke her right leg and pelvis in a horrific bus accident, leading to a lifetime of chronic pain. Partially immobile after the accident, Kahlo began painting in the late 1920s. She married Diego Rivera in 1929. Frida Kahlo Biography


My Dress Hangs There. 1933. Oil and collage on Masonite. 45.8 x 50.2 cm. Private collection.


Self-Portrait (Dedicated to Leon Trotsky) 1937 Oil on Masonite 30 x 24 in National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington


Fruits of the Earth 1938 Oil on masonite 16 x 23 1/2 in. (40.6 x 60 cm) Collection Banco Nacional de Mexico, S.A., Mexico City


Tunas (Still Life with Prickly Pear Fruit). 1938. Oil on Masonite.


Self-Portrait 1940 Oil on canvas 24 1/2 x 18 3/4 in Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Austin


Self-Portrait as a Tehuana.(Diego on my mind) 1943. Oil on masonite. Private collection.


Dona Rosita Morillo. 1944. Oil on canvas, mounted on masonite. 77.4 x 72.4 cm. Dolores Olmedo Foundation, Mexico City, Mexico.


The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Diego, Me, and Senor Xolotl. 1949.


Frida Kahlo. Naturaleza viva. 1952. Oil on canvas. Private collection.


Diary Pages: "Bird" Diary pages: "Masked Dancers." Frida Kahlo Museum, Mexico City, Mexico.

for more frida kahlo art frida kahlo-The Art History Archive



3 Responses to “Artists of the Day – Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo”

  1. iflay said

    what a contrast between those two. Beauty non the less in both.


  2. Sharon Needles said



  3. dorian said

    oh yes they were! but here we’re looking at their art, their legacy of beauty.


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