Diego Rivera
painter, muralist, Communist
Diego Rivera
Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez better known simply as Diego Rivera was a prominent Mexican painter born in Guanajuato, Guanajuato, an active communist, and husband of Frida Kahlo (1929–1939 and 1940–1954). His large wall works in fresco helped establish the Mexican Mural Movement in Mexican art.
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Goodwood Revival: what to do away from the circuit - Telegraph.co.uk
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The current exhibition "Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: Masterpieces from the Gelman Collection", runs until October 2. The Pallant House Gallery (01243 774557; www.pallant.org.uk), 10am-5pm (11am Sundays, 8pm Thursdays, closed Mondays)
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Explore Pilsen with your family - Chicago Parent
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Take a look at indigenous outfits and weavings or learn more about artists like Carmen Lomas Garza and Diego Rivera. After visiting the museum, head over to one of Pilsen's many restaurants for lunch, most of which are within walking distance of the
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Artist Von Honts was compared to Diego Rivera - San Antonio Express
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Those familiar with the work of Jacqui Von Honts, a pioneer of three-dimensional acrylic paintings who excelled in countless other media, compared it to that of famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. “She should have been in that
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Where passion ran riot - Sydney Morning Herald
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But in terms of tourist dollars, marketing and visibility, arguably no couple in history is more celebrated than Mexico's uber-lovers, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. From museums to public spaces, from handbags to coffee mugs, posters to motion pictures
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Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera, at Pallant House, Chichester, Seven magazine review - Telegraph.co.uk
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By Alastair Smart And so to the latest episode of the Frida and Diego telenovela. No matter that both died in the Fifties: they live on through their art and larger-than-life personae, plus the mythology that's built up around them as two tempestuous
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Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art to Open 11/13 - Broadway World
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NEW YORK, August 16, 2011-For the exhibition Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA will reunite five "portable murals"-freestanding frescoes with bold images commemorating events in Mexican history-that were made for a monographic
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Rivera: I couldn't ask for more - Fifa.com
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Mexicans are rightly proud of the artwork of Diego Rivera, the painter who amazed the world with his striking murals and whose unmistakable creations adorn many a building across the country. Over half a century after the artist's death, namesake Edson
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Mexican exhibit looks at visions of fascism of Rivera, Monsivais - Fox News
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05, 2011: A new exhibition at Mexico City's Museo del Estanquillo looks at the visions of Nazism and fascism of painter Diego Rivera, writer Carlos Monsivais and other artists. Mexico City – A new exhibition at Mexico City's Museo del Estanquillo looks
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Montminy Gallery celebrates 100th birthday of prolific, progressive namesake - Columbia Daily Tribune
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Montminy was an artist of the Abstract Expressionism era, when artists around the world were being influenced by the work of Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, and Diego Rivera. Rivera's work was especially fascinating to her; aspects of Cubism and
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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera offer taste of Mexican modernism at Pallant House - Culture24
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Frida Kahlo, arguably the most famous female artist of the 20th century, has never been shown in the UK alongside her husband, Diego Rivera. In some parts of the world, Rivera is even better known, so this show was always
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Greene: Beyond Bunting - Vermont Public Radio
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Go to the Diego Rivera murals in Mexico City and there will be any number of locals eager to talk your ear off about them. These people are not necessarily more cultured than Americans, but they do enjoy a kind of cultural patriotism we as a nation
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Step into her parlor - Chicago Tribune
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Now in their 80s, they also provide a living link back to the most famous of all Mexican makers: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Lazo, a Guatemalan by birth, came to Mexico City in 1947 on a scholarship to study art at "La Esmeralda" school—and,
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To 9/26: Phoenix Art Museum looks at 'Modern Mexican' - Arizona Republic
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All the big names are represented, from Diego Rivera to David Alfaro Siqueiros to José Clemente Orozco, but their familiar work is filled out by that of many others. Some are simply lesser known artists, and some, such as Rufino Tamayo, are artists who
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Head to head: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibition – in pictures - The Guardian
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Paintings by Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera are to be shown side by side in the UK for the first time. At Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, from 9 July until 2 October
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Freedom for Frida Kahlo - The Guardian
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The nation was smitten, just as Frida Kahlo's husband Diego Rivera and all her other lovers had been during her lifetime. We were dripping in Frida earrings and Frida hairpieces; we were knee-deep in Frida dolls and Frida-inspired skirts
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Diego Rivera
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1957
    Age 70
    Rivera died on November 24, 1957.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1940
    Age 53
    On June 5, 1940, invited again by Pflueger, Rivera returned for the last time to the United States to paint a ten-panel mural for the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco.
    More Details Hide Details Pan American Unity was completed November 29, 1940. As he was painting, Rivera was on display in front of Exposition attendees. He received US$1,000 per month and US$1,000 for travel expenses. The mural includes representations of two of Pflueger's architectural works as well as portraits of Kahlo, woodcarver Dudley C. Carter, and actress Paulette Goddard, who is depicted holding Rivera's hand as they plant a white tree together. Rivera's assistants on the mural included the pioneer African-American artist, dancer, and textile designer Thelma Johnson Streat. The mural and its archives reside at City College of San Francisco. Diego Rivera was portrayed by Rubén Blades in Cradle Will Rock (1999), and by Alfred Molina in Frida (2002). Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Leon Trotsky are principal characters in Barbara Kingsolver's novel, The Lacuna.
  • 1939
    Age 52
    Their mutual infidelities and his violent temper led to divorce in 1939, but they remarried December 8, 1940 in San Francisco.
    More Details Hide Details Rivera later married Emma Hurtado, his agent since 1946, on July 29, 1955, one year after Kahlo's death. Rivera was an atheist. His mural Dreams of a Sunday in the Alameda depicted Ignacio Ramírez holding a sign which read, "God does not exist". This work caused a furor, but Rivera refused to remove the inscription. The painting was not shown for nine years – until Rivera agreed to remove the inscription. He stated: "To affirm 'God does not exist', I do not have to hide behind Don Ignacio Ramírez; I am an atheist and I consider religions to be a form of collective neurosis." From the age of ten, Rivera studied art at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City. He was sponsored to continue study in Europe by Teodoro A. Dehesa Méndez, the governor of the State of Veracruz.
  • FORTIES
  • 1933
    Age 46
    In December 1933, Rivera returned to Mexico, and he repainted Man at the Crossroads in 1934 in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.
    More Details Hide Details This surviving version was called Man, Controller of the Universe.
    His mural Man at the Crossroads, begun in 1933 for the Rockefeller Center in New York City, was removed after a furor erupted in the press over a portrait of Vladimir Lenin it contained.
    More Details Hide Details When Diego refused to remove Lenin from the painting, Diego was ordered to leave. One of Diego's assistants managed to take a few pictures of the work so Diego was able to later recreate it. The American poet Archibald MacLeish wrote six "irony-laden" poems about the mural. The New Yorker magazine published E. B. White's poem "I paint what I see: A ballad of artistic integrity". As a result of the negative publicity, a further commission was canceled to paint a mural for an exhibition at the Chicago World's Fair. Rivera issued a statement that with the money left over from the commission of the mural at Rockefeller Center (he was paid in full though the mural was supposedly destroyed. Rumors have floated that the mural was actually covered over rather than brought down and destroyed.), he would repaint the same mural over and over wherever he was asked until the money ran out.
  • 1932
    Age 45
    Between 1932 and 1933, he completed a famous series of twenty-seven fresco panels entitled Detroit Industry on the walls of an inner court at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
    More Details Hide Details During the McCarthyism of the 1950s, a large sign was placed in the courtyard defending the artistic merit of the murals while attacking his politics as "detestable."
  • 1931
    Age 44
    In November 1931, Rivera had a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; Kahlo was present.
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  • 1930
    Age 43
    In September 1930, Rivera accepted an invitation from architect Timothy L. Pflueger to paint for him in San Francisco.
    More Details Hide Details After arriving in November accompanied by Kahlo, Rivera painted a mural for the City Club of the San Francisco Stock Exchange for US$2,500 and a fresco for the California School of Fine Art, later relocated to what is now the Diego Rivera Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute. Kahlo and Rivera worked and lived at the studio of Ralph Stackpole, who had suggested Rivera to Pflueger. Rivera met Helen Wills Moody, a famous tennis player, who modeled for his City Club mural.
  • 1929
    Age 42
    Also in 1929, the first English-language book on Rivera, American journalist Ernestine Evans's The Frescoes of Diego Rivera, was published in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details In December, Rivera accepted a commission to paint murals in the Palace of Cortés in Cuernavaca from the American Ambassador to Mexico.
    After divorcing Guadalupe (Lupe) Marin, Rivera married Frida Kahlo in August 1929.
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    They married on August 21, 1929 when he was 42 and she was 22.
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  • 1928
    Age 41
    His 1928 mural In the Arsenal was interpreted by some as evidence of Rivera's prior knowledge of the murder of Julio Antonio Mella allegedly by Stalinist assassin Vittorio Vidali.
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    Rivera was commissioned to paint a mural for the Red Army Club in Moscow, but in 1928 he was ordered out by the authorities because of involvement in anti-Soviet politics, and he returned to Mexico.
    More Details Hide Details In 1929, Rivera was expelled from the Mexican Communist Party.
  • 1927
    Age 40
    In the autumn of 1927, Rivera arrived in Moscow, accepting an invitation to take part in the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the October Revolution.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, while still in Russia, he met the visiting Alfred H. Barr, Jr., who would soon become Rivera's friend and patron, as well as the founding director of the Museum of Modern Art.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1922
    Age 35
    Rivera developed his own native style based on large, simplified figures and bold colors with an Aztec influence clearly present in murals at the Secretariat of Public Education in Mexico City begun in September 1922, intended to consist of one hundred and twenty-four frescoes, and finished in 1928.
    More Details Hide Details His art, in a fashion similar to the steles of the Maya, tells stories. The mural En el Arsenal (In the Arsenal) shows on the right-hand side Tina Modotti holding an ammunition belt and facing Julio Antonio Mella, in a light hat, and Vittorio Vidali behind in a black hat. However, the En el Arsenal detail shown does not include the right-hand side described nor any of the three individuals mentioned; instead it shows the left-hand side with Frida Kahlo handing out munitions. Leon Trotsky lived with Rivera and Kahlo for several months while exiled in Mexico. Some of Rivera's most famous murals are featured at the National School of Agriculture at Chapingo near Texcoco (1925–27), in the Cortés Palace in Cuernavaca (1929–30), and the National Palace in Mexico City (1929–30, 1935).
    In the autumn of 1922, Rivera participated in the founding of the Revolutionary Union of Technical Workers, Painters and Sculptors, and later that year he joined the Mexican Communist Party (including its Central Committee).
    More Details Hide Details His murals, subsequently painted in fresco only, dealt with Mexican society and reflected the country's 1910 Revolution.
    He married his second wife, Guadalupe Marín, in June 1922, with whom he had two daughters: Ruth and Guadalupe.
    More Details Hide Details He was still married when he met art student Frida Kahlo.
    In January 1922, he painted – experimentally in encaustic – his first significant mural Creation in the Bolívar Auditorium of the National Preparatory School in Mexico City while guarding himself with a pistol against right-wing students.
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  • 1921
    Age 34
    After José Vasconcelos became Minister of Education, Rivera returned to Mexico in 1921 to become involved in the government sponsored Mexican mural program planned by Vasconcelos.
    More Details Hide Details See also Mexican muralism. The program included such Mexican artists as José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Rufino Tamayo, and the French artist Jean Charlot.
  • 1920
    Age 33
    In 1920, urged by Alberto J. Pani, the Mexican ambassador to France, Rivera left France and traveled through Italy studying its art, including Renaissance frescoes.
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  • 1918
    Age 31
    Maria Vorobieff-Stebelska gave birth to a daughter named Marika in 1918 or 1919 when Rivera was married to Angelina (according to House on the Bridge: Ten Turbulent Years with Diego Rivera and Angelina's memoirs called Memorias).
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  • 1917
    Age 30
    Around 1917, inspired by Paul Cézanne's paintings, Rivera shifted toward Post-Impressionism with simple forms and large patches of vivid colors.
    More Details Hide Details His paintings began to attract attention, and he was able to display them at several exhibitions.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1913
    Age 26
    In those years, Paris was witnessing the beginning of Cubism in paintings by such eminent painters as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Juan Gris. From 1913 to 1917, Rivera enthusiastically embraced this new school of art.
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  • 1911
    Age 24
    As an adult, he married Angelina Beloff in 1911, and she gave birth to a son, Diego (1916–1918).
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  • 1907
    Age 20
    After arrival in Europe in 1907, Rivera initially went to study with Eduardo Chicharro in Madrid, Spain, and from there went to Paris, France, to live and work with the great gathering of artists in Montparnasse, especially at La Ruche, where his friend Amedeo Modigliani painted his portrait in 1914.
    More Details Hide Details His circle of close friends, which included Ilya Ehrenburg, Chaim Soutine, Amedeo Modigliani and Modigliani's wife Jeanne Hébuterne, Max Jacob, gallery owner Léopold Zborowski, and Moise Kisling, was captured for posterity by Marie Vorobieff-Stebelska (Marevna) in her painting "Homage to Friends from Montparnasse" (1962).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1886
    Born
    Born on December 8, 1886.
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