In September 1957 Diego Rivera suffered a stroke and an attack of phlebitis, depriving him of the use of his right arm. He did not complain of pain, but “the brush no longer obeyed him.” Although he had spoken at the beginning of the year of a return to the scaffolding, after a long convalescence following treatment for cancer, it turned out that he was unable to take up his work as a muralist again. Ever restless, however, he completed some easel paintings, including The Watermelons, extending and rounding out the Mexican character of his still lifes. The vividly colored fruit has an almost lifelike texture, achieved by the mixture of a bit of sand with the oil paint.


  • Title: The Watermelons
  • Creator: Diego Rivera
  • Date Created: 1957, 1957
  • Location: México
  • Physical Dimensions: 68.7x92.7cm
  • 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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