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Sugar Cane
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Sugar Cane

José Diego María Rivera, Mexican, 1886 - 1957

Made in United States, North and Central America


Fresco on cement, galvanized steel framework

57 1/8 inches × 7 feet 10 1/8 inches (145.1 × 239.1 cm)

© Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 273, Modern and Contemporary Art, second floor (Black/Gallos Gallery)

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Cameron Morris, 1943

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This panel illustrates the operation of a sugar plantation in the southern state of Morelos, Mexico, during the Spanish colonial period. In creating the scene, Rivera adapted an image he had formerly made for a mural cycle at the Palace of Cortez in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Sugar Cane was specifically commissioned for the Museum of Modern Art's Diego Rivera exhibition of 1931.

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