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  • [Diego] Rivera made his lithographs at the instigation of Carl Zigrosser, manager of the New York-based Weyhe Gallery, which had been established in 1919 to specialize in prints... Nude with Beads (Frida Kahlo) is a rare depiction of Kahlo nude. The print makes an interesting comparison with Frida Kahlo's lithograph, a nude self-portrait of 1932. While only two years separate the works, they are worlds apart in feeling. Rivera presents Frida as beautiful and seductive, while Kahlo is concerned with her recent tragic miscarriage--her print is a portrait of pain. Reba White Williams, Mexican Prints from the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams, 1997, pp. 6 and 12.


    Frida Kahlo, El aborto (Frida and the Miscarriage), 1932, dated later (1936). Lithograph, image: 83/4 x 55/8 in. (22.2 x 14.2 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Dr. R. Earl Robinson Estate and Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund, 1996.38 © 2020 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph © Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, photograph by Randy Dodson
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      Laura Cortés-Gutiérrez 893

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      Diego Rivera

      Mexican • 1886 - 1957

      Diego Rivera began drawing at the age of three, and by ten he was enrolled at the San Carlos Academy in Mexico City. In 1907, he traveled to Europe on a scholarship to continue his artistic studies. Whilst in Paris, Rivera embraced the advent of Cubism, and later Post-Impressionism, taking inspiration from such European artists as Picasso and Cézanne.

      In 1921, Rivera returned to Mexico and became involved in the government-sponsored Mexican mural program. He became best-known for his frescoes painted in a distinctive style characterized by bold colors and ample, Renaissance-inspired figures. Rivera was an atheist and joined the Mexican Communist party in 1922. He was married five times, including twice to Frida Kahlo, with whom he had a famously volatile relationship.

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Nude with Beads, Frida Kahlo (Desnudo sentado con brazos levantados) (G. 893)

Lithograph, on PMF Italia laid paper, with margins.
I. 16 3/8 x 10 3/4 in. (41.6 x 27.3 cm)
S. 20 1/8 x 15 3/4 in. (51.1 x 40 cm)

Signed, dated and numbered 77/100 in pencil, published by Weyhe Gallery, New York, framed.

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New York Auction 20 - 22 April 2021