Sunday, October 2, 2011

Rivera, Diego

The Flower Carrier
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 (1886-1957) is a prominent Mexican painter, an active communist, and husband of Frida Kahlo (famous painter). He was still married when he met the art student Frida Kahlo. They married in 1929 when he was 42 and she was 22. Their mutual infidelities and his violent temper led to divorce in 1939, but they remarried in 1940 in San Francisco.
His large wall works in fresco helped establish the Mexican Mural Renaissance. Rivera painted murals among others in Mexico City, Chapingo, Cuernavaca, San Francisco, Detroit, and New York City.