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Maker(s):Rivera, Diego
Culture:Mexican (1886-1957)
Date Made:1937
Materials:tempera on board
Place Made:North America; Mexico
Measurements:Overall: 23 in x 31 1/2 in; 58.4 cm x 80 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1975.93
Credit Line:Bequest of Mrs. Phillip Youtz (Phillip Youtz, Class of 1918)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Rivera brings the desert to life in this sensuous scene of animated rocks and Mexican fan palms near Taxco, Mexico. The dead tree resembles a woman’s neck slung back, and the fan palm on the bottom looks as much like a bird as a sedentary plant. Tecalpexco is missing a horizon and a sky, common elements of landscape that suggest scale and time of day. By avoiding “clock time,” we are left with the time of the earth—its deep rock traces, rooted trees, and palms that might grow for five hundred years.

Julia Gill, Class of 2020

anthropomorphic; botany; deserts; landscapes; nature; times of day; vegetation

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