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Diego Rivera--Naturaleza muerta con pan y fruta, 1917

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"Diego María Rivera (1886-1957) is one of the most prominent Mexican artists of the twentieth century. He gained international acclaim as a leader of the Mexican mural movement that sought to bring art to the masses through large-scale works on public walls. In his murals of the 1920s and 1930s Rivera developed a new, modern imagery to express Mexican national identity, which featured stylized representations of the working classes and indigenous cultures and espoused revolutionary ideals. This exhibition highlights Rivera's early foray into cubism, a less known but profoundly important aspect of the artist's development, in which his interest in themes of nationalism and politics first emerges. Featuring twenty-one works created in France and Spain between 1913 and 1915, the selection celebrates the National Gallery's No. 9, Spanish Still Life, 1915, recently bequeathed by Katharine Graham.

"During his time abroad, Rivera drew upon the radical innovations of cubism, inaugurated a few years earlier by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Rivera adopted their dramatic fracturing of form, use of multiple perspective points, and flattening of the picture plane, and also borrowed favorite cubist motifs, such as liqueur bottles, musical instruments, and painted wood grain. Yet Rivera's cubism is formally and thematically distinctive. Characterized by brighter colors and a larger scale than many early cubist pictures, his work also features highly textured surfaces executed in a variety of techniques."


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Yes, to the colors. "Saturated" is a good descriptor for them, Bill.


Thanks, Gayle.
We've seen some of Frida Kahlo's work, and now we see a work by her husband, which I don't think we've been privy to yet. Same as Bill, I like this one for its colours. And after admiring Cubist works by Juan Gris here on this site, perhaps I lean a little towards this style too.


Or in my potter brother's yard or studio!

I think the word for that jug might be amphora. It's a two-handled jug, for daily use usually plain terra cotta, and they're also usually fairly big---several gallons. As old as ancient Greek and Roman times (or older) and very common throughout the Mediterranean countries for wine, water and oil. Not a stretch to find them in Mexico, too, I'd think.


It just looks like a bit pot to me. Or a jug, if you prefer that term.


It does kind of look like a jug, Gayle. Wine? To go with the fruit and bread?


I'd probably appreciate it better if I knew what that dark thing is in the back. A jug? :-/


Not normally a fan of cubism, but I connected with this one. Partly it's the rich saturated colors. Also it just made sense. Thanks for the bread and fruit, Gayle!