Dance to the Sun, a portrait of the Cuban-American dancer Maudelle Bass, reflects Rivera’s taste for abstract design and his skill at depicting sensuality. The movement of the dancer, captured in the act of praising the sun, is strikingly rendered, with the figure broken down into undulating lines. The painting is monumental not only in its dimensions but also in its treatment of color, with the background saturated in blue, indigo, yellow, and mustard tones, which create the effect of bringing the female figure closer to the viewer.


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