Mujer con Niño is accompanied by a letter of authenticity issued by Galeria Centrol de Arte Moderno Misrachi, Mexico in 1966.
Brilliant colors and cultural subject matter characterize this outstanding and rare watercolor, entitled Mujer con Niño (Woman and Boy), by Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera. The artist is known mainly for his mural work, and is not commonly thought of for his paintings. His compositions helped to galvanize the artistic identity of Mexico by exposing the world to the nation's folk art traditions. It is for this that Rivera is revered as one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century.
Born in Guanajuato City, Mexico, the artist began showing a talent for drawing at a very young age. In fact, the 1999 exhibition "Diego Rivera: Art and Revolution" at the Cleveland Museum of Art showcased one of the artist's first pencil drawings he completed at the age of 12. He began his formal art education at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico. He moved to Paris in 1907 to live and work with the great gathering of artists in Montparnasse and was exposed to the burgeoning of Cubism, a school of thought he fully embraced in his work.
In 1921, Rivera returned to Mexico, where he undertook government-sponsored murals that reflected his communist politics in historical contexts. Aside from the often-controversial reactions they received, these works focused on the working-class "everyman" of Mexico, and reflected the folk ideals that were familiar and respected within the native community. His works attracted the attention of the world's most prestigious art patrons, including Nelson Rockefeller. In 1934, Rockefeller commissioned Rivera to paint a mural in Rockefeller Center with the theme "Man at the Crossroads Looking with Hope and High Vision to the Choosing of a New and Better Future." The result featured, among other figures, Communist leader Vladimir Lenin. Rockefeller had the mural immediately draped and, in the early weeks of 1934, demolished.
Even Rivera's personal life was dramatic, none so more than his famed relationship and two marriages to artist Frida Kahlo. Though most of Rivera's life was tumultuous, it is his artistic vision and compassion for his homeland and people that have become the legacy of this incredible figure.