This work of a surrealist character was painted by Diego Rivera to illustrate a poster announcing a lecture in Mexico City by André Breton, the leader of the movement,. Breton came to Mexico specially to meet Leon Trotsky, but he participated in many other activities, both cultural and political, during his stay in the country.
This work displays a large number of elements with double significance: a large face with eye vessels that are in constant communication through the flow of blood along veins/roots from a brain/tree that conceals male and female bodies amidst its foliage.


  • Title: Communicating Vessels
  • Creator: Diego Rivera
  • Date Created: 1938
  • Location: México
  • Physical Dimensions: 102cm x 122cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Banco de México. Fiduciario en el Fideicomiso relativo a los Museos Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo
  • Medium: Xilografía a dos tintas en papel

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