"In June 1911 Diego returned to Paris, settled in Montparnasse and became modern, a pointillist, but around 1912 the first cubist features are perceptible in his paintings... His cubist works, at first, sought the group's approval: Diego manufactured them "in the European manner." But little by little he pierced the "style" and began to make it his own. During a voyage he made to Majorca in 1914, he slaked himself with the colours of his memory. He suddenly abandoned the cubist still life to try his hand again at landscape... Breaking with strictly cubist forms, he rediscovered color. The luminosity of the small island, flooded with sunlight and bathed by a limpid and dazzling sea under the summer light bursts into his pictures: a new phase which contrasts with the grey and misty skies of Paris."
—Juan Coronel Rivera, "Folk Art in Diego Rivera's Painting" in Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, 1998, pp. 74-75
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