After spending more than five years at the Academy of San Carlos, Diego Rivera decided to leave the school, dissatisfied with the new academic methods of the Academy director, Antonio Fabrés. In 1907 Rivera participated in a collective exhibition and was awarded a scholarship to study in Europe by the governor of Veracruz, Teodoro Dehesa. Rivera went to Madrid, Spain, where he produced works such the Night Scene in Ávila, on which there is a clear influence of his teacher Eduardo Chicharro, especially in the realist style and the choice of popular subject matters.


  • Title: Night Scene in Avila
  • Creator: Diego Rivera
  • Date Created: 1907
  • Location: Avila, Spain
  • Physical Dimensions: 99.5x92.6cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Banco de México. Fiduciario en el Fideicomiso relativo a los Museos Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo
  • Medium: Oil on burlap

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