Angelina Beloff

Serendipity, I call it. I was in Mexico City recently (hence the paucity of posts) and wandered into the Museo Mural Diego Rivera where I was rather chuffed to see an exhibition of works by the emigre Russian artist Angelina Beloff (Ангелина Белова) (1879-1969).

Not that I had heard of this woman before, I confess. A little bit of investigation into her biography revealed her to be an abandoned wife of Diego Rivera (man, was he a cad or what?). She followed him to Mexico where he refused to admit he had had anything to do with her, so she blazed her own trail, becoming known for her artistic work and the establishment of a modernist school in her adopted country.

Her early work (in Paris) comprised illustrations for books. In Mexico, she taught sculpture.

For the princely sum of 45 pesos, one is allowed to click away (without flash) in (nearly) all of Mexico’s museums. So I took these photos of Beloff’s art:

Angelina Beloff, by Diego Rivera.

Angelina Beloff, by Diego Rivera.

Still life with ship, by Angelina Beloff (1948).

Still life with ship, by Angelina Beloff (1948).

Self-portrait, by Angelina Beloff (1964)

Self-portrait, by Angelina Beloff (1964)

Maternity, by Angelina Beloff (1920).

Maternity, by Angelina Beloff (1920).

Still life, by Angelina Beloff.

Still life, by Angelina Beloff.

Mujer Sentata, or Portrait of Angelina Beloff, by Diego Rivera (1914).

Mujer Sentata, or Portrait of Angelina Beloff, by Diego Rivera (1914).

Street, by Angelina Beloff (1909).

Street, by Angelina Beloff (1909).

Paisaje con Iglesia, by Angelina Beloff.

Paisaje con Iglesia, by Angelina Beloff.

Cerro del tesoro, by Angelina Beloff (1964).

Cerro del tesoro, by Angelina Beloff (1964).

Portrait of the son of Alfonso Reyes, by Angelina Beloff.

Portrait of the son of Alfonso Reyes, by Angelina Beloff.

Portrait of Susana Diaz de Leon, by Angelina Beloff (1956).

Portrait of Susana Diaz de Leon, by Angelina Beloff (1956).

View from my window

View from my window, by Angelina Beloff

Panaderia

Panaderia al aire libre, by Angelina Beloff (1956).

Tepoztlan

Tepoztlan, by Angelina Beloff

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8 thoughts on “Angelina Beloff

  1. Very nice collection. Have become aware that Lupe Marin was my uncle (my father’s brother) sister “in law”. But never knew of how well Angeline painted. It’s so refreshing to see how talented the Rivera’s women were besides Frida, which she has capitalized most of the fame. Thank you for bringing Angeline to us through this media .

  2. Next time that you visit Mexico go to the Museum of Dolores Olmedo Patino ( another “sponsor” of Diego Ribera) where there are several important works of Angelina Beloff, including illustrations ( she illustrated the Tin Soldier and the Wild Swan by Hans Christian Anderen and also for books of Jack London..Her print of Maternity translated her sorrow for the dead of her son by Diego… The trip to Mexico is worthwhile just to see this works

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