A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 4, 1949

When TIME'S editors decided to do a cover story on Mexico's Diego Rivera, they asked the artist if he would like to do his own cover portrait. As a result, a new self-portrait of Rivera, drawn to TIME'S specifications, appears on this week's cover—the first time that a cover subject has done his own portrait for TIME.

As for the works of Diego Rivera that are reproduced in this issue, it took Mexico City Photographer Juan Guzman about a month to photograph them in color. His principal headache was the controversial mural in the Hotel Del Prado. Although it is his latest...

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