During his stay in Europe, Rivera traveled to several countries, knew the work of many painters, and in some cases adopted their styles. In 1912 one of the artists that most attracted his attention was El Greco, whose influence is clear in On the Outskirts of Toledo, also known as The Old Men. The work reflects the realist and expressionist character studies of Spanish peasants that Rivera was fond of painting. The three lean, tall figures of the old men dominate the work, lending it a sense of monumentality that is accentuated by its large dimensions for a viewer standing in front of it. This and other paintings done in and around Toledo reflect the studies Rivera made of Spanish peasants, with their wrinkled, weather-beaten faces.


  • Title: In the Outskirts of Toledo (The Old Men)
  • Creator: Diego Rivera
  • Date Created: 1912, 1912
  • Location: Toledo, España
  • Physical Dimensions: 211x185.2cm
  • 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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