Live Auction, 12 October 2015

Sold for

R 409 248
Lot 528
Diego Rivera; Campesinos
  • Diego Rivera; Campesinos

Lot Estimate
R 350 000 - 450 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 409 248

About this Item

Mexican 1886-1957
Campesinos
circa 1940
signed
watercolour
27,5 by 18,5cm excluding frame

Notes

Inspired by the political ideals of the Mexican Revolution (1914-15) and the Russian Revolution (1917), Diego Rivera developed a new visual language of bold, simplified forms appropriate to murals that valorised working peoples and their histories. His primary concerns for humanity are reflected in images that convey his empathy for his subjects.

He and his wife, Frida Kahlo, associated with many of the most socially committed artists and radical intellectuals of their day, whose ideas reflected the broader political and cultural changes taking place globally. Widely acknowledged as a major figure in 20th century art, the originality of his painting style and the force of his ideas remain major influences on art particularly in the Americas and in Africa.

Provenance

Sotheby's New York, Latin American Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture and Prints, 19 November, 1991, lot 145


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