Don Jesús Robles, a workman employed by Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera, posed for this portrait. Robles’s feathered headdress and armadillo-shell lute identify him as a conchero, a member of a religious society dedicated to preserving traditional Mexican dance, music, and costume. The bold, bright colors and clearly delineated composition highlight the folkloric subject of Rivera’s portrait, but they also reflect his skills as a mural painter. At the time he painted Danzante, Rivera was also occupied with one of his best-known murals, the Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda, a commission from the Hotel del Prado in Mexico City.
Oil on canvas
59 ½ x 49 ½ in. (151.1 x 125.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Samuel and Cecyle Stone, 78.30
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