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Diego Rivera Watercolor Added to Permanent Collection of El Paso Museum of Art

Canyon by Diego Rivera, 1934

Canyon by Diego Rivera, 1934

Each year The El Paso Museum of Art hosts the Members’ Choice event during the month of December where Museum Members gather to vote on a selection of art works, choosing one to add to the permanent collection. Each year art work from a different genre (European, Mexican, or American) is selected for consideration. It is an event that the membership looks forward to each year.

This year nearly 100 Members gathered at the Museum the night of Friday, December 4, 2009. Up for selection were three works of Mexican Art from the late 19th – early 20th centuries:

Guillermo Gomez Mayorga (1887 – 1962)
View of Xochimilco
Oil on canvas, 35 x 50 cm
Courtesy of Gallerias Cristobal

Joaquin Clausell (1866 – 1935)
Landscape with River
Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 cm
Courtesy of Gallerias Cristobal

Diego Rivera (1886 – 1957)
Canyon
Watercolor on rice paper, 38.7 x 27.9 cm
Signed and dated ‘34
Courtesy of Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art

By majority vote, the Membership selected Diego Rivera’s Canyon for purchase to add to the Museum’s permanent collection. It will be paid for with funds from the Mabel O. Lipscomb Fund, a Foundation that supports the purchase of art work each year for Members’ Choice. The Museum received from the Mabel O. Lipscomb Foundation $37,500 toward the purchase of works of art that was then applied to this project.

Following the voting, nearly 60 Members stayed and attended a public Holiday Dinner Party Fundraiser which raised $2,700 for the Museum.

Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera (December 8, 1886 – November 24, 1957) was born in Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico. He was a world-famous Mexican painter, and husband of Frida Kahlo, 1929–1939 and 1940–1954 (her death). Rivera’s large wall works in fresco helped establish the Mexican Mural Renaissance. Between 1922 and 1953, Rivera painted murals in Mexico City, Chapingo, Cuernavaca, San Francisco, Detroit, and New York City.

Canyon by Diego Rivera, 1934

Canyon by Diego Rivera, 1934

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