Oil Portrait of Edsel Ford by Diego Rivera, 1932

Summary

Partway through work on his Detroit Industry murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Diego Rivera took a break to paint a portrait of the frescoes' primary sponsor, Edsel Ford. Rather than posing Ford in his office, Rivera chose a more appropriate setting: an automotive design studio. The portrait depicts Ford as strong and confident in his preferred environment.

Partway through work on his Detroit Industry murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Diego Rivera took a break to paint a portrait of the frescoes' primary sponsor, Edsel Ford. Rather than posing Ford in his office, Rivera chose a more appropriate setting: an automotive design studio. The portrait depicts Ford as strong and confident in his preferred environment.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

1932

Subject Date

1932

Creators

Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957 

Ford Motor Company. Photographic Department 

Creator Notes

Original painting by Diego Rivera. Photographed by Ford Motor Company.

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.833.57100

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8 in

Width: 11.25 in

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