CM: Diego Rivera's Study for Seated Portrait of Frances Rich in her Studio served as preparatory sketch for the respective fresco panel. The cartoon was drawn in sanguine and charcoal on heavy drawing paper. An archival photograph reveals that Rivera staged Rich on the picture's left side, seated low on the floor, looking towards her beholder, her hands clasped in front of her. In the foreground rest the sculpture tools she would have used to create the plaster statue of Saint Francis of Assisi with Birds, which appears in the background, on the right. In the lower right-hand corner Rich's white cat and black dog sleep in unison. In its whiteness, Rich's dress is somewhat echoed in Saint Francis's cowl. This drawing embodies Rivera's own native style based on large, simplified figuration and bold colors with an Aztec influence.
[Megakles Rogakos 01/2009]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Frances Rich - La Gazelle 2010 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens