Famous Murals of Diego Rivera
Diego Rivera (1886-1957) was a Mexican painter and muralist. He began studying art at the age of 10, and in1907 he won a scholarship to study art in Europe
. He eventually settled in Paris, where he befriended artists Pablo Picasso and George Braque, among others. Rivera adopted a cubist style for a time but later developed his own style, creating the boldly colored murals with revolutionary or nationalistic themes that made him famous.
Rivera painted his first mural, "Creation," in 1923. It's located at the National Preparatory School in Mexico City and depicts Christian themes along with European and Mexican cultural images. He used bold colors and thick, graphic lines to maximize the impact of the images.
Ministry of Public Education Building Murals--Mexico City
Rivera painted huge fresco murals on the Public Education building walls in Mexico City, ending the project in 1930. The murals reflect the native culture of Mexico, including its farmers and factory workers on the job, revealing Rivera's political sympathies with working people.
Epic of the Mexican People Mural--Mexico City
Detroit Industry Mural
This series of murals was painted on the walls of Mexico City's National Palace. It includes many images of Mexico before the colonization of Spanish settlers. They're entitled "The Early Indian World," "History of Mexico from the Conquest to 1930" and "Mexico Today and Tomorrow." These murals are thought to be some of his finest.
Diego Rivera was commissioned by the Ford motor company in 1932 to create murals at the Detroit Institute of Art. The only guide Rivera had to follow was to incorporate the history of the Detroit area and the development of the American auto industry. Rivera considered these murals to be his best work.
Allegory of California
In 1930, the state of California commissioned Rivera to create a mural, which he entitled "Allegory of California," for the California Stock Exchange in San Francisco. The mural depicts a mixture of people from different backgrounds and races at work in California's agricultural, scientific and industrial communities.
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