The Easel

LACMA’s uneven new Picasso and Rivera show reveals an unprecedented, must-see discovery

Diego Rivera was a twenty-something in Paris during the birth of cubism. The Mexican borrowed ideas from Picasso who, in turn, bought one of Rivera’s paintings. Their paths diverged once Rivera returned home but a parallel in their art remained: “they synthesized the radically new with the venerably old, forming a kind of “Modernist Classicism” — Picasso’s based on European models, Rivera’s on American ones.”