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Painter, and Marxist activist, Diego Rivera was not just the husband of Frida Kahlo.  He is renowned as much for his active politics as for his monumental mural paintings. This introduction explores his unique and visionary renderings of a modern Mexico, combining communist passion,  pre-Columbian heritage, and the influences of European modernism. With devout political principles and a turbulent romantic history, he was at once husband and paladin of Frida Kahlo, advocate and  adversary of Stalin’s Soviet Union, and liberator and traitor of Leon Trotsky. 

Vibrant, graphic, and often monumental, Rivera’s  paintings carry the same live political and passionate charge as his personal biography. Fusing European influences such as Cubism with a socialist ideology and an exaltation of Mexico’s indigenous and popular heritage, he created a new iconography for art history and for his country. He became one of the most important figures in the Mexican mural movement and won international acclaim for his public wall  paintings, in which he presented a utopian yet accessible vision of a post-revolutionary Mexico. In 1931, Rivera was the subject of MoMA’s  second ever monographic exhibition.  This book explores the unique  blend of influence and ideology which secure Rivera’s place as both a unique and a universal painter, bound to the particular turbulent experience of early 20th century Mexico, and yet preoccupied with  subjects such as revolution and class inequity which continue to speak  to us today.  

  • Author: Andrea Kettenmann  
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Taschen, 2015
  • 96 pages, 10.2" x 8.3"
  • Fully illustrated throughout
  • ISBN: 9783836504133
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