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Mercado de Tehuantepec [Tehuantepec Market]

1930
20th century
38.7 cm x 50.8 cm (15 1/4 in. x 20 in.)

Diego Rivera (Guanajuato, Mexico, 1886 - 1957, Mexico City) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Latin America, Mexican
Medium and Support: Lithograph, printed in black ink with yellow tone stone
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1986
Accession Number: 1986.101

“Mercado de Tehuantepec” reflects Diego Rivera’s lifelong project to create a modern Mexican aesthetic. When developing a post-revolutionary national iconography during the 1920’s, Rivera often drew on the country’s traditional heritage. Here, he depicts the market at Tehuantepec, a Oaxacan city known for its indigenous culture, rich traditions, and famous rebellion against Spanish authorities in the colonial period. Prominent cultural officials like José Vasconcelos promoted Tehuantepec as a site of “mexicanidad,” or Mexican identity, which inspired Rivera’s many depictions of the city in his murals and prints.

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