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Diego Rivera
1886 - 1957年
MUJER MEXICANA
Signed Diego Rivera and dated 27 (upper left) 
Oil on canvas
19 3/4 by 16 1/8 in.
50 by 41 cm
Painted in 1927.
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We wish to thank Professor Luis-Martín Lozano for his kind assistance in confirming the authenticity of this lot.

來源

Enrique Martínez Moreno, Mexico City
Thence by descent 

出版

Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, ed., Diego Rivera: Catálogo General de Obra de Caballete, Mexico City, 1989, no. 736, illustrated p. 100

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Classically trained at the renowned Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos in Mexico City, Diego Rivera's regard for the precepts of Italian art is palpable in the immediacy of his portraiture. As a young artist traveling in Europe, Rivera was introduced early on to the glorious achievements of Renaissance fresco painting, a practice he professed as more authentic and direct than any other. Years later, upon his return to Mexico in 1928 after an eight-month sojourn in Moscow, Rivera formally incorporated Italian fresco painting into his own mural practice, a medium that ultimately propelled him as an international celebrity and one of the twentieth century's greatest artists.

Painted in 1928, the same year he met his future wife Frida Kahlo (see fig. 1), Mujer mexicana portrays the artist's lifelong commitment to mexicanidadre-assessment and a re-appreciation of Mexico and its cultures. It is well known that Rivera was not a mimetic portraitist. Rivera often exaggerated or avoided the physical traits of his sitters for qualities he perceived to be more truthful. At times, he used expressionist motifs to enlarge certain body parts purely for impact. A particular affinity for Mexican exuberance is present in his easel portraits, particularly those he painted during the 1940s. In them, sumptuous dresses and accessories are treated with venerable affection. Executed in a smaller and more intimate format, the present painting differs greatly from this later production by revealing the quiet and dignified elegance of a young woman in demure clothing and candid disposition—an idealized testament to the people who would become the foundation of his work. 

This painting is part of the National Heritage of Mexico and cannot be permanently exported from the country. Accordingly, it is offered for sale in New York from the catalogue and will not be available in New York for inspection or delivery. The painting will be released to the purchaser in Mexico in compliance with all local requirements. Prospective buyers may contact Sotheby’s representatives in Mexico City and Monterrey for an appointment to view the work.

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