El Mercado

Accession Number

El Mercado

Diego Rivera

Artist Nationality

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
color lithograph on paper

11 1/8 in x 15 15/16 in (28.26 cm x 40.48 cm);22 1/8 in x 28 1/8 in (56.2 cm x 71.44 cm);15 3/16 in x 20 1/8 in (38.58 cm x 51.12 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
This print depicts a street market in Mexico. The people are portrayed in profile with rounded bodies charactersitic of Rivera's work that often celebrated pre-columbian indigenous culture in Mexico. The clothing and type of market, as well as the style of the figures, which resemble pre-conquest scupture, can all be considered indigenous.

Physical Description
This print is a contour drawing of several rows of figures: in the foreground are three squating figures facing away from the viewer; in the background are several squatting figures facing the viewer, and in between are standing figures. The squatting figures sit before the goods they are selling and the standing figures are purchasing from them. 

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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Abstract (fine arts style)
modern and contemporary art
street scenes
women (female humans)

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