Diego Rivera (1886-1957) usually signed his masterpieces with his full name "Diego Rivera." His signature was relatively consistent. He wrote in a cursive script that is very legible and easy to distinguish.
Some of Rivera's signatures include the date or the Communist hammer and sickle. River often signed his murals in obscure places within the image, rather than loudly pronouncing his authorship. His signature is more obvious on his paintings and prints, often written in a bold black paint.
Signature is rarely sufficient for authenticating a painting. Signatures must be checked, but results must be carefully placed in the correct context. A signature is only one element, and not a determining one, in the process of authentication.
Lavanderas con zopilotes. 1928
Painted in 1928, "Lavanderas con zopilotes." An oil on canvas, signed and dated 'Diego Rivera 28' on the lower left.
Retrato de Carmelita Avilés. 1937
"Retrato de Carmelita Avilés" signed 'Diego Rivera' (lower left). Painted in 1937. Inscribed ' Retrato de Carmelita Avilés a la edad de 4 años, en el de 1937' on the upper edge.
Cargando alcatraces (Tres mujeres, una sentada)
"Cargando alcatraces" (Tres mujeres, una sentada) watercolor on rice paper. Signed and dated 'Diego Rivera 40' on the lower right. Executed in 1940.
"Nieves desnuda de rodillas sobre un petate." 1940
"Nieves desnuda de rodillas sobre un petate." Painted in 1940. Oil on canvas, signed and dated 'Diego Rivera 1940' on the lower left.
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