Diego Rivera Original Graphite Rare Hand Signed Drawing.
Striking piece; coloured graphite onto heavy stock paper.
Excellent condition, some age related wear. Signed by the artist lower right.
28cm x 35cm (11 x 13.7in).
Private Art Collection UK.
Price On Application.
Diego Rivera was born in December 1886, in Guanajuato, Mexico. Considered a prodigy at a very early age, he began painting at age two. Rivera studied and worked in Spain, France and Italy, discovering a passion for murals. Returning to Mexico, Diego’s popularity grew. In the 1920s he painted a number of large murals depicting scenes from Mexican history.
Throughout his life, Rivera was active in politics and the Communist Party, acting as a Mexican delegate to the Soviet Union in 1927. Contributions to his native country included serving as head of the Department of Plastic Crafts at the Ministry of Education; creating the Labor Union of Technical Workers, Painters, and Sculptors; and forming the Commission of Mural Painting, an arm of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.
Rivera married Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in 1929, but fidelity was out of the question for him. A doctor had once told him that he was unfit for monogamy, and Rivera cheerfully accepted the diagnosis. Rivera and Kahlo had been married less than a year when he had his first affair. Their troubled marriage and numerous affairs (she, too, was unfaithful) led to divorce in 1939, but the couple remarried late the following year. When Kahlo died in 1954, Diego wrote, “I realized that the most wonderful part of my life had been my love for Frida.” In November 1957, at the age of 70, Rivera died of heart failure in his San Angel studio.