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    Diego Rivera (1886-1957)
    La Quebrada, 1956
    Oil on canvas
    53 x 42-1/2 inches (134.6 x 108 cm)
    Signed and dated lower right: Diego Rivera / 1956

    New York estate;
    Private collection, Corpus Christi, Texas, acquired from the above, mid-late 1980s;
    Estate of the above.

    Diego Rivera: Catalogo General de Obra de Caballete, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, 1989, p. 289, no. 2230, illustrated.

    We wish to thank Dr. Salomon Grimberg for graciously providing the essay for this painting.

    One year before his death, Diego Rivera was invited to vacation in Acapulco in the home of his patron Dolores Olmedo. During this time, he produced several seascapes. La Quebrada is among them. In Acapulco, "la quebrada" is the name given to a cracked stone cliff that faces the sea. From its top, divers prove their skill - and valour - by diving into the ocean as the incoming wave reenters the narrow enclosure below. The diving moment needs to be precise to the second. Otherwise, should the diver miss the narrow opportunity, he risks being crushed as he hits the water. When translated from Spanish, "la quebrada" means "the broken one." Rivera painted one version of La Quebrada in memory of Frida Kahlo, and dedicated it to her in 1956, two years after her death. The painting (see below) currently hangs as part of the permanent collection of the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City. A second version of La Quebrada, [the present lot], was painted by Rivera side by side with the version he dedicated to Kahlo. The HERITAGE version is reproduced in black and white in Diego Rivera's catalogue raisonne of easel work published by the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. . . . The work is accompanied by two letters of authentification, one by Emma Hurtado, Rivera's fourth and last wife; and one by Ines Amor, Director of the Galeria de Arte Mexicano.

    Salomon Grimberg
    Dallas, Texas
    March 22, 2017

    Diego Rivera La Quebrada, 1955
    Diego Rivera La Quebrada, 1955
    © 2021 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

    Diego Rivera La Quebrada, 1955
    © 2021 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

    More information about Diego Rivera, also known as Rivera, Diego, Rivera Barrientos, Diego, Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez, Diego, Rivera, Diego María Concepcíon Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la.

    Condition Report*: Framed. Unlined canvas. Under UV there are no apparent signs of repair or inpaint. Wear to the edges due to rubbing from the frame. Some mild scuffs to the dark brown area in the upper left. Faint horizontal stretcher to the center of the frame.
    Framed Dimensions 54 X 43.5 Inches
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