The Schalkwijk Archive contains the most comprehensive collection of twentieth century Mexican mural painting extant, including complete coverage of the wall paintings of Diego Rivera. Rivera’s decorative cycles at the Secretaria de Educacion Publica in Mexico City, the Palacio de Cortez at Cuernavaca, the Universidad Autonoma at Chapingo, and the Hospital de la Raza in Mexico City, are completely documented in overall and detail views, describing the social, political, and historical development of Mexico from pre-conquest through colonial times.
Other well-known twentieth century Mexican artists, including Frida Kahlo, Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo, and Juan O’Gorman, are well represented through their portrait and still life paintings, murals, and outdoor mosaics. In addition, paintings from the colonial period document the life of the indigenous population as well as that of the Spanish settlers from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries.
Diego Rivera (1886-1957)
Sleep - The Night of the Poor. Mural, North Wall, Court of Fiestas.
Secretaria de Educacion Publica, Mexico City. Schalkwijk/Art Resource, NY