The Family

Diego Rivera1934

Museo Dolores Olmedo

Museo Dolores Olmedo

The indigenous world was an important theme in Diego Rivera’s work, represented at times through pre-Hispanic scenes and motifs and at times through the presence of indigenous people who in the early twentieth century started arriving to the cities, looking for better opportunities or who decided to remain there definitively in the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution. With a paternal attitude, Diego always sought to protect them, sometimes hiring them as models or as domestic workers. The Family belongs to a series of portraits of indigenous Mexicans. Here a woman is seen with her two children, who play and lie on a palm leaf mat in a fraternal embrace, while the painter works in the portrait.

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