Diego Rivera. Cubist Landscape. 1912

Diego Rivera Cubist Landscape 1912

  • MoMA, Floor 5, 505 The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Galleries

Cubist Landscape was inspired by a trip Rivera made in 1911 to Spain, where he encountered the olive trees of Catalonia. The serrated blue ridge in the painting evokes Montserrat, a mountain in the region. The work exemplifies the idiosyncratic approach to Cubism that Rivera developed in the 1910s, when he lived in Paris. He saw these early works, which combine a sun-drenched palette with kaleidoscopic planes and abstract patterning, as a way of beginning to forge a specifically Mexican modernism. “My Cubist paintings,” he said, “are my most Mexican.”

Gallery label from 2019
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
25 3/4 x 35 1/2" (65.4 x 90.2 cm)
Credit
Gift of Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz
Object number
2479.2001
Copyright
© 2020 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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