Diego Rivera Young Man in a Gray Sweater (Jacques Lipchitz) Paris 1914

  • MoMA, Floor 5, 503 The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Galleries

Rivera left his native Mexico for Europe in 1909 and settled in Paris, where he lived until 1920. While there he joined the artistic avant-garde galvanized by the Cubist experiments of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. He submitted this portrait of his friend, the Lithuanian-born sculptor Jacques Lipchitz, to the 1914 Salon des Indépendants. Rivera renders the sitter in a neutral palette in a grid-like structure that anchors diagonal planes. Vibrant, striped details around Lipchitz’s head evoke the serape, a shawl-like textile and emblem of Rivera’s home country.

Gallery label from 2024
Oil on canvas
25 5/8 x 21 5/8" (65.1 x 54.9 cm)
Gift of T. Catesby Jones
Object number
© 2024 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture

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? - February 1929, Valentine Gallery (Valentine Dudensing), New York.

February 1929 - 1941, Thomas Catesby Jones (1880-1946), New Nork, purchased from Valentine Gallery.

1941, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired as gift from T. Catesby Jones.

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