Dancer Resting belongs to Rivera’s most prolific period of easel painting. In this work Diego depicts the features of the black race in terms of the ideal classical canon. His direct analysis shows the persistence of constant or characteristic features in his works: the diverging diagonals in the upper part, which produce a composition based on an inverted pyramid; the point of the pyramid corresponding to the dancer’s feet. The bench on which she is seated is shifted away from its vertical axis to accentuate the obliquity of the composition, while her dark skin is rendered with dazzling transparency and color. The model portrayed was Maudelle Bass, a Cuban-American dancer who was in Mexico to perform with a dance group. When he met her, Rivera asked her to pose for him and produced a series of sketches and oil paintings.


  • Title: Dancer Resting
  • Creator: Diego Rivera
  • Date Created: 1939
  • Location: México
  • Physical Dimensions: 164x94cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Banco de México. Fiduciario en el Fideicomiso relativo a los Museos Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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