Diego Rivera, ‘El Balcon’, 1921, Gary Nader

Signature: Signed and dated 21 lower right

New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Diego Rivera, December 22, 1931 - January 27, 1932, no. 19, illustrated
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Museum of Art, Diego Rivera Exhibition, 1932
Mexico City, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Diego Rivera: 50 años de su labor artística, 1951, no. 225, illustrated
Detroit Institute of Arts, February 10, 1986-April 27, 1986; Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, June 2, 1986-August 10, 1986; Mexico City, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, September 29, 1986-January 4, 1987; Madrid, Salas Pablo Ruiz Picasso, February 17, 1987-April 26, 1987; West Berlin, Staatliche Kunsthalle Berlin, Summer 1987; Diego Rivera: A Retrospective, p.54, illustrated in color

Bertram D. Wolfe, Portrait of Mexico, New York, 1937, no. 81, illustrated
Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Diego Rivera: Catálogo general de obra de caballete, Mexico, 1989, no. 436, p. 63, illustrated

Roberto Montenegro, Mexico City
Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., New York
The Estate of Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York
Sale: Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, 19th and 20th Century Latin American Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture, and Prints, November 6, 1980, lot 70, illustrated in color

About Diego Rivera

Inspired by Renaissance frescoes and motivated by a conviction in the value of public art, Diego Rivera found his calling as a muralist. A visit to the Soviet Union informed his signature earth-toned, Social Realist style. In accordance with his Marxist views, he “made the masses the heroes of monumental art,” painting narrative scenes championing indigenous Mexican culture and workers who toiled in the name of progress. Detroit Industry (1932-3), a 27-panel tribute to the city’s labor force, reveals Rivera’s interest in the form and function of industrial technology. While his concern for the working class resonated in the United States, his inclusion of a portrait of Lenin in Man at the Crossroads (1933), a mural commissioned for Rockefeller Center in New York City, proved highly controversial.

Mexican, 1886-1957, Guanajuato, Mexico, based in Mexico City, Mexico