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About This Artwork
The Weaver, 1936
Tempera and oil on canvas
66 x 106.7 cm (26 x 42 in.)
Signed lower right: Diego Rivera. 1936
Gift of Josephine Wallace KixMiller in memory of her mother, Julie F. Miller, who purchased the painting from the artist at his studio in Mexico in 1936, 1998.529
A leader of the Mexican muralist movement in the 1920s who sought to challenge social and political iniquities, Diego Rivera often turned to indigenous themes to foster pride in Mexican culture. In The Weaver, Rivera focused on the centuries-old tradition of weaving with a back-strap loom. The woman, a well-known weaver and popular artists’ model named Luz Jiménez, appears intently focused on creating the intricate red, blue, white, and black pattern of the fabric that is rolled up in her lap. Placed against the spare background of Rivera’s studio, the weaver’s actions take on greater significance, giving her life and craft a poignant grace and quiet dignity.
— Permanent collection label
Art Institute of Chicago, They Seek a City: Chicago and the Art of Migration, 1910-1950, March 3-June 3, 2013, cat. 49.
Museo Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Exposicion de Homenaje Nacional, Diego Rivera: 50 Años de Su Labor Artistica, (México, D.F.: Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1951) as Hilando, no. 534, n.pag.
Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y Las Artes, Diego Rivera: Caltálogo General de Obra de Caballete (México, D.F.: Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1989).
Judith A. Barter et al., "American Modernism at the Art Institute of Chicago, From World War I to 1955," (Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press, 2009), cat. 111.
Diego Rivera; sold by him to Julie F. Miller, 1936; by descent to daughter, Josephine Wallace KixMiller, Englewood, Fla., 1998; given by her to the Art Institute, 1998.