Delfina Flores

Maker and role
Artist: Diego Rivera, Mexican, 1886-1957
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Object detail

Oil on canvas
32 1/4 x 26in (81.9 x 66cm)
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Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
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Further information
Delfina Flores, shown here as a young child perhaps 5-7 years old and wearing a traditional dress, was the daughter of a member of Diego Rivera's household, an Otomi Indian. Some historians believe the Otomi are the original inhabitants of the Valley of Mexico. Rivera often used his art to celebrate the indigenous people of Mexico. He painted Delfina's portrait several times as she grew up, including once with her son, Dimas, who was Rivera's godson.
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 164
Arte Moderno de México: 1900-1950; Luis-Martín Lozano (b.1965); 2000; p. 66; cat. 264


Public comments

We're so glad you got to visit with Delfina for a bit--seeing a favorite painting is, indeed, like seeing an old friend. She'll be back at home this fall for our visitors to enjoy, but we're honored to have been able to share her with our friends at the DMA!

- Admin posted 3 years ago.

Delfina Flores was the first painting to greet you when you entered the McNay, before all the remodeling. The last time I was at the McNay, she was gone along with a lot of other "old friends." I was at the Dallas Museum of Art today and spotted her on the far side of the room, and yelled out there's Delfina! My mother in San Antonio is glad she's not locked away in some storage vault. I've lived in Dallas for 5 years now, but seeing her made me feel at home.

- Mace Welch posted 3 years ago.

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