The Weaver

A work made of tempera and oil on canvas.
© 2018 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of tempera and oil on canvas.

Date:

1936

Artist:

Diego Rivera
Mexican, 1886–1957

About this artwork

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.

On View

American Art, Gallery 263

Artist

Diego Rivera

Title

The Weaver

Origin

México

Date

1936

Medium

Tempera and oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed lower right: Diego Rivera. 1936

Dimensions

66 × 106.7 cm (26 × 42 in.)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

1998.529

Copyright

© 2018 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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