Mujer frente el espejo [Woman in Front of a Mirror]
19.7 x 13.8 cm (7 3/4 x 5 7/16 in.)
(Guanajuato, Mexico, 1886 - 1957, Mexico City)
Latin America, Mexican
Medium and Support:
Ink on parchment paper
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Judy S. and Charles W. Tate, 2016
Before achieving fame for his mural paintings, Diego Rivera spent time in Paris, where he participated in the cubist movement and befriended a group of Russian émigrés. In 1916, he collaborated with his friend Ilya Ehrenburg, a Russian writer and journalist, on a small book entitled "An Account of the Life of One Nadienka and of Certain Revelations She Had." Rivera produced seven drawings, including this one, used to illustrate a poem by Ehrenburg. Here he represents a domestic space perceived from multiple perspectives and animated with realistic details. The disjointed view extends to the figure of Nadienka, whose shadow suggests a hidden voluptuousness.