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Revision as of 11:59, 17 May 2009

Diego and Frida

Diego Rivera y Barrientos (Guanajuato 1886 – Mexico City 1957) was a Mexican Muralist painter. Along with David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jose Clemente Orozco, Rivera was one of the most important artists in the Mexican mural movement. [1]

Rivera's talent for historical murals and his tributes to earthy folk traditions made him one of the most influential artists in the Americas and one of Mexico's most beloved painters. The virtual Diego Rivera Web Museum

Rivera's detail of mural

Detail of mural, Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park, 1948.


Leon Trotsky, Diego Rivera, and André Breton.

Diego Rivera studied in the San Carlos Academy from 1896 to 1905; he had as teachers some of the most important painting figures like Santiago Rebull, José María Velasco, Félix Parra, José Salomé Piña, Andrés Ríos, Julio Ruelas, Antonio Fabrés and Germán Gedovius; his travels to Europe enabled him to come into contact with Renaissance, Cubist and avant-garde works. His work shows study and analysis of neoimpressionism, Cézannism, Fauvism and Cubism. He experimented with oils, pastels, watercolors, fresco, encaustic and tempera on cloth, cardboard, paper and pressed cork. His cubist works are not well known, like El guerrillero, 1915 and Maternidad, 1916. Rivera spent five years producing cubist paintings (1913 - 1917). [2]

Rivera was husband of artist Frida Kahlo and was an associate of Leon Trotsky during Trotsky's last days in Mexico. A noted Communist, he once attempted to insert a portrait of Lenin into a mural commissioned by Nelson Rockefeller. Later, Rockefeller ordered it to be painted over, due to some pro-socialist imagery in the work. A duplicate original mural is now in Mexico City's The Fine Arts Palace.[1]

At the Detroit Institute of Arts, the museum's central courtyard is decorated with a series of 27 murals by the Mexican painter Diego Rivera that depict the automobile industry.


See also

Mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts (detail)

External links

Naturaleza Muerta Española


Modigliani, Portrait of Diego Rivera.

References

  1. Mexico City Museum of Fine Arts