On Saturday, after Alejandro and I saw the German exposition and the naked bicyclists by the Revolution Monument (see previous post), we walked down Juárez Avenue to the Palace of Fine Arts.
Self portrait by Picasso
Self portrait by a young Diego Rivera
Pablo Picasso is famous for having revolutionized art by initiating the Cubist movement. There are a number of his cubist paintings in the exhibit.
We don't usually think of Rivera as a cubist painter, but in the years before World War I, when he was living in Europe, he was drawn into the Cubist circle.
"Zapatista Landscape" is considered the apex of Rivera's Cubist period.
After World War I, Picasso returned to classical themes of his Mediterranean homeland.
Likewise Rivera turned to the Mexican people, their way of life, and pre-Hispanic art for his inspiration. This is the Diego Rivera with whom we are more familiar.
A portrait of Rivera's daughter Ruth
The exhibit ends with a juxtaposition of a series of prints the Rivera did as illustrations for the "Popul Vuh" (the Mayan sacred text) and a collection of Picasso prints inspired by ancient Greek mythology.
This print definitely foreshadows Picasso's later masterpiece "Guernica".
The exhibit will be at the Palace of Fine Arts until September 10th.