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Diego Rivera

Market Scene

pencil on tracing paper
1949
23,8 x 32 cm / 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 in.
signed and dated lower right

Rivera is credited for founding the movement known as “Mexicanidad”, which focuses on Mexican culture. One of its main features is the flattening of three-dimensional objects into two dimensions. The movement later included other famous Mexican artists such as Frida Kahlo, as well as David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco, who, together with Rivera, were called „Los Tres Grandes“. All three were also “muralistas”, muralists. On the pencil drawing, Rivera depicted a typical scene on a farmer’s market. The two seated women are selling typical food by the side of the road. The woman in the foreground is offering something in bowls, while the other one is sitting in front of a stove, shaping tortillas. In the drawing the artist noted which colours he wanted to use in the painting of mural.

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