Diego Rivera (Mexican, 1886–1957)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1933 (33.26.8)
© 2011 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS)
An internationally recognized artist and a central figure in the Mexican mural movement, Rivera created a highly personal style by blending Renaissance and modernist techniques with his interest in indigenous Mexican art forms and commitment to Marxist ideology. While his legacy undoubtedly rests on his monumental projects, his sizeable body of easel paintings and prints reached a far broader audience.
This poignant evocation of the toils and rewards of agricultural life was produced when the Mexican agrarian reform was unfolding with full force in the 1920s and '30s. The iconic composition focuses attention on the dignity of the workers and their children with a quiet, mystical grandeur of expression.