Diego Rivera’s extensive artistic production made him paint a wide variety of themes, including portraits of models, friends, and indigenous Mexicans, as well as historical subjects and landscapes, such as the Sunsets series. After receiving medical treatment in Moscow, Rivera accepted Dolores Olmedo’s invitation to rest and convalesce in her house in Acapulco. Located near La Quebrada, the house offers a spectacular view of the beach and the bay, which was captured by the painter at different times of the day, in different atmospheres.
In the coloring of this series of sunset views there are clear influences of artists such as José María Velasco, who had been Rivera’s teacher at the Academy of San Carlos,. This influence is particularly striking in Rivera’s handling of blues, which were so important to Velasco. We also see traces of the painter’s cubist period in the range of brilliant colors, characteristic of all of Rivera’s painting, from cubism through his mural period and finally in his return to a more academic style.
Painted just a year before his death, this series of sunsets reflects Rivera’s deep love of life and his ongoing experimentation with colors, techniques, and supports.