Diego Rivera: The Rivals (1931)

DIEGO RIVERA (1886-1957) The Rivals signed and dated ‘Diego Rivera 1931’ (lower right) oil on canvas 60 x 50 in. (152.4 x 127 cm.) Painted in 1931, Image Source: Christie’s

“The scene, inspired by “la fiesta de Las Velas”, depicts an annual tradition indigenous to the Isthmus region of Oaxaca for which women wear embroidered huipiles or blouses, attractive gold jewelry and their hair pulled into moños (buns) and, enaguas or skirts in bright colors. The feast has indigenous roots, and is celebrated during the month of May in honor of family patron saints, amidst exotic palm trees, and papel picado or delicately cut multicolor sheets of tissue paper strung from the roofs to enliven the festivities.

Yet the theme, so profoundly Mexican, is not necessarily the painting’s most captivating feature, but rather the modern use of multiple planes coupled with the artist’s chromatic sensibility which Rivera makes full use of to resolve the painting.”


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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Such brilliant colors! Thank you. 🙂

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    1. My pleasure, Sheila! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂


  2. penwithlit says:

    Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    Amazing riot of colour.

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  3. On a layover I was lucky enough to see some of his work in a Mexico City government building. I can see I need to go back.

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    1. How fortunate you are! Thanks for sharing your memory, Kelly. If you go back, take lots of pictures! 😎


  4. Ana Daksina says:

    The expression on the face of the rival we can see is exquisitely rendered.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Ana. 🙂❤️

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  5. Such brilliant colors.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Anita. 🙂


  6. We’ve just had an exhibition of Diego and Kahlo’s work at the Auckland Art Gallery, SO good to see original work up close.

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    1. How marvelous! You are fortunate, indeed, Vivienne! 😎


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