Art Pieces by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo’s Husband, Emerge in New York City After Not Being Displayed for Decades

Art Pieces by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo’s Husband, Emerge in New York City After Not Being Displayed for Decades
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Frida Kahlo’s husband, Diego Rivera, continues to wow with his art. Even though his ideologies were considered controversial by many, it is impossible to overlook the immense talent of this Latino artist. In fact, Rivera is giving people something to talk about to this day.  

Recently, a pair of captivating portraits by the Mexican painter has been revealed at the Schoelkopf Gallery in New York City. This, however, has stirred both admiration and intrigue among art enthusiasts.  

Two New Art Pieces by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo’s Husband, Were Recently Unveiled in New York City
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Displayed until April 5th, these two works, titled “Niño” and “Niña sentada con rebozo,” offer a glimpse into the tumultuous aftermath of the Mexican Revolution, a period that deeply influenced Rivera’s artistic expression. These pieces are part of the gallery’s Mexican Modernism exhibition. The exhibition also features the ever-talented artist, Manuel Rodríguez Lozano. 

 Behind the Breathtaking Art by Diego Rivera

Dating back to 1929, these portraits once graced the walls of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York during an exhibition dedicated to the modernist master. Later, they found themselves prominently featured in Rivera’s grand retrospective at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City in 1949. 

Rivera captures the somber gaze of children in these paintings with large, expressive eyes and dark skin, set against rustic backdrops. One child, adorned with a pink turban, delicately places a hand over their mouth, while the other, seated on a rug, gazes pensively with downturned lips.  

The paintings were acquired in the early 1930s by esteemed art dealers Erhart Weyhe and Carl Zigrosser, who ran the prestigious Weyhe Gallery in New York, as per EFE.

According to art expert James Oles, whose insights accompany the exhibition at Schoelkopf, these children hail from working-class and indigenous families, symbolizing the hopeful beneficiaries of the Revolution. Oles remarks on the solemnity imbued within Rivera’s portrayal, emphasizing the hardships inherent in the working-class life these children were born into.  

“In the visual arts, this was a time of stylistic, thematic, and political complexity, marked by personal rivalries and warring factions and nurtured by a rich and interdisciplinary critical apparatus, that resulted in innovation across media—from traditional woodcuts and frescoes to the modernist deployment of photomontage and the airbrush,” Oles says according to Schoelkopf Gallery’s website. 

Art is history, and Diego Rivera was aware of this. Today, visitors can now marvel at the richness of Rivera’s artistic vision, while getting a glimpse of Mexico’s complex history.  

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