Nude with Calla Lilies by Diego Rivera

in 1944 and it’s one of the few works he did that year. Also known as Desnudo con alcatraces, it lacks the searing social and political commentary so frequently found in Rivera paintings. This painting was riginally done in oil on hardboard at 61.8 x 48.8 in / 157 x 124 cm,

Nude with Calla Lilies was painted the same year as Day of the Dead. It was done just after his two great murals for the National Institute of Cardiology and before the enormous mural Great City of Tenochtitlan.

Not only was Rivera a master artist, he was also an eccentric and political militant who played a pivotal role in Mexican history during the Revolution’s struggle for democracy. Rivera wore many hats: architect, sculptor, painter, graphic artist, draughtsman, costume designer, illustrator, stage designer and twice the husband of Frida Kahlo and the first to recognize her great talent.

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