Rivera was very keen in following the types of paintings done in his time. When he started his art works, Paris was in the era of cubism in art as was evidenced by famous painters including Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. Between 1913 and 1917, he enthusiastically embraced cubism in his art works.
Late in 1917, the paintings done by Paul Cezanne inspired him greatly and he thus shifted to Post-Impressionism. In this school of art, he made simple forms with large patches made of vibrant colors. As a result of this, his paintings attracted more attention and he could display them in a number of exhibitions (Dickerman et al, 2011).