Artist: Diego Rivera (Mexican, Guanajuato 1886–1957 Mexico City)
Dimensions: Image: 16 1/2 × 11 7/8 in. (41.9 × 30.2 cm)
Sheet: 21 1/2 × 15 1/2 in. (54.6 × 39.4 cm)
Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1933
Accession Number: 33.26.8
Rights and Reproduction: © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
An internationally recognized artist and a central figure in the Mexican mural movement, Diego Rivera created a highly personal style by blending Renaissance and modernist techniques with his interest in indigenous Mexican art forms and commitment to Marxist ideology. While his legacy undoubtedly rests on his monumental mural projects, his large body of easel paintings and prints reached a far broader audience.
This poignant evocation of the toils and rewards of agricultural life was produced when the Mexican agrarian reform was unfolding in the 1920s and '30s. The iconic composition focuses attention on the dignity of the workers and their children with a quiet, mystical grandeur of expression.