Guadalupe Marín

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Guadalupe Marín
María Guadalupe Marín Preciado
Portrait of Guadalupe Marín de Rivera by Edward Weston, 1924
María Guadalupe Marín Preciado

(1895-10-16)October 16, 1895
DiedSeptember 16, 1983(1983-09-16) (aged 87)
Nationality Mexico
Other namesLupe Marín
Children3, including Ruth
Image of the cover of her book
Cover of Marín's tell-all book La Única (1938)

Guadalupe "Lupe" Marín (October 16, 1895 – September 16, 1983), born María Guadalupe Marín Preciado, was a Mexican model and novelist.


Marín was born in Ciudad Guzmán, Jalisco, Mexico.[1] When aged eight, Marín moved with her family to Guadalajara.[citation needed] In 1922, she became the second wife of muralist Diego Rivera. She was the mother of Rivera's two youngest daughters, Ruth and Guadalupe Rivera-Marín.[2][3] Marín was married to Rivera for six years, ending in 1928.[4]

She was married to the poet Jorge Cuesta on November 9, 1928; they divorced on April 13, 1933.[5][6] She had one son from her second marriage, Lucio Antonio Cuesta-Marín, born in 1930.[6]

Marín was the subject of portrait paintings by Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Juan Soriano.[citation needed] She is featured in the Rivera mural Creation, for which she modeled as Strength, Song, and Woman,[citation needed] and modeled nude as Earth for Rivera's Chapingo chapel mural while several months pregnant.[citation needed] She also modeled for photographer Edward Weston. Of the 1924 portrait, Weston wrote "I am finishing the portrait of Lupe. It is a heroic head, the best I have done in Mexico." [7]

In 1938, Marín's semi-autobiographical novel La Única (The Unique Woman) was published.[8] Her book La Única was banned in Mexico for many years owing to its erotic nature.[1] In 2003, the novel and Marín were cited by author Salvador A. Oropesa in his book The Contemporáneos Group as being a feminist component of a counterculture writers' movement in post-revolutionary Mexico. She also wrote Un día patrio (A Patriotic Day) in 1941, in which she expressed political ideas.[1]

Legacy and death[edit]

Marín died in Mexico City on September 16, 1983 at the age of 87.

A novel in Spanish about Marín and Rivera's time together, Dos Veces única by Elena Poniatowska, was published in 2016.[5][9]

She was portrayed by Valeria Golino in the 2002 film Frida.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "Guadalupe Marin, controvertida musa, novelista y primera esposa de Diego Rivera". MXCity (in Spanish). 2016-08-29. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  2. ^ Kettenmann, Andrea (2003). Rivera, p. 24. TASCHEN GmbH.
  3. ^ Jinich, Pati (2014). "Diego Rivera's daughter on her father's favorite foods — and Frida Kahlo's parties". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  4. ^ Russell, Ron (2003-12-17). "Secret Rivera". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  5. ^ a b Ahrens, Jan Martínez (2015-10-02). "Lupe, Frida y Diego: los años locos". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  6. ^ a b "Dos veces Cuesta | Confabulario | Suplemento cultural" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  7. ^ Guadalupe de Rivera, Mexico. 1924, printed later
  8. ^ Oropesa, Salvador A. (2003). The Contemporáneos Group: Rewriting Mexico in the Thirties and Forties, p. 100. University of Texas Press.
  9. ^ Hevia, Elena (2016-06-28). "Elena Poniatowska: "Lupe Marín jamás se doblegó a sus maridos"". elperiodico (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  10. ^ Wilmington, Michael (2002-11-01). "'Frida'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2019-01-23.