Self Portrait. Diego Rivera. 1930. Lithograph. Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Diego Rivera is one of Mexico’s most well known artists. Rivera is best known for his paintings, murals and lithographs.
El sueno (noche de los pobres) / The Dream (Night of the Poor) 1932. lithograph
As a student at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City, Rivera was sponsored to study in Europe, where he became apart of Paris’s epic Montparnasse scene. Rivera befriended legendary artists such as Amedeo Modigliani and Chaim Soutine. Rivera returned to Mexico in 1921 to start a Mexican mural program. Upon his return, Rivera was motivated to create work that reflected the indigenous roots of his country, rather than mimic European painting. He often drew men and women selling flowers in the street and other quotidian scenes. Rivera also became involved in the Communist party and made a number of politically themed works.
Open Air School. lithograph. 1932
Nino y perro (child and Dog) lithograph, 1932
While Rivera is best known for his murals, he created a number of lithographs. In 1932, The Weyhe Gallery in New York published a series of Rivera lithographs that highlight social injustice and revolution.
Zapata. 1932. lithograph
In recent years many galleries have created color, offset lithographs after famous Rivera paintings. These prints are not as valuable as original lithographs, but still hold some collector value.