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Portrait of Diego Rivera

by Frida Kahlo

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Portrait of Diego Rivera - Description

Mexican Surrealist Frieda Kahlo painted the Portrait of Diego Rivera in the eyar 1937. It is composed of oil and rests on wood. This painting displays Kahlo’s amazing ability to transpose facial details onto canvas, her brush depicting an immaculate repsresentation of her husband, Diego Rivera, the Mexican muralst with whom she married, divorced and remarried. Although the two experienced a turbulent life together, there remained a mutual love of art between them though they painted different ways. Rivera is positioned to dominate the canvas here, looming over the foreground. There is nothing in the background beyond a wash of light blue, built in certain patches to look like a sky. Rivera is composed here, his lips pursed traditionally and his eyes looking forward to a future ruled in an idealistic manner. His eyes appear bloodshot and steady, his wrinkling skin hanging loosely from his face. He is in a position of power here with the viewer being restricted to only his face and shoulder region. There appear no symbols, no other objects at all. The painting is a true testament to Rivera’s stature as a powerful Mexican symbol, a symbol of revolution and freedom of speech. Observe the smooth brush strokes and the way that the paint is blended perfectly unlike the impasto technique governing many modern artists of that time period. In an age when many of her contemporaries were branching out into the unexplored realms of art, Kahlo stuck true to her self taught method of painting and depicted her reality.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Portrait of Diego Rivera

Original Artist: Salvador Dali
Subject: Portraits
Style: Surrealism
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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