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Diego Rivera Magnetic Finger Puppet

Diego Rivera Magnetic Finger Puppet

The Unemployed Philosopher's Guild

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Legendary Mexican muralist Diego Rivera showed artistic promise from childhood. He received a scholarship to the prestigious Academia de San Carlos in México City and a grant to study in Europe, where he befriended many influential painters, including Picasso.

Rivera returned to Mexico and became an important an influential painter, as well as a founder of the Mexican Muralist movement. his art represented the lives of the Mexican people and exalted the nation's pre-Columbian cultures.

He also managed to win the heart of Frida Kahlo, whom he married (twice!)

  • Recommended for ages 5 and up due to small parts
  • Information card included
  • Product type: Finger Puppet
  • Shipping Dimensions: 4.0   (10.2 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 0.19 lb (3.0 oz; 85 g)
  • SKU010010984 | 814229000365 | 0154

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Diego Rivera

About the Artist

Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera (1886 – 1957), was a prominent Mexican painter. His large frescoes helped establish the mural movement in Mexican and international art. Between 1922 and 1953, Rivera painted murals in, among other places, Mexico City, Chapingo, and Cuernavaca, Mexico; and San Francisco, Detroit, and New York City, United States. In 1931, a retrospective exhibition of his works was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; this was before he completed his 27-mural series known as Detroit Industry Murals.

Rivera had four wives and numerous children. His third wife was fellow Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, with whom he had a volatile relationship that continued until her death.

Due to his importance in the country's art history, the government of Mexico declared Rivera's works as monumentos históricos.

Diego Rivera in the Chrysler Museum
The Unemployed Philosopher's Guild

About the Brand

The Unemployed Philosopher's Guild

The origins of the Unemployed Philosophers Guild are shrouded in mystery. Some accounts trace the Guild's birth to Athens in the latter half of the 4th century BCE. Allegedly, several lesser philosophers grew weary of the endless Socratic dialogue endemic in their trade and turned to crafting household implements and playthings. (Hence the assertions that Socrates quaffed his hemlock poison from a Guild-designed chalice, though vigorous debate surrounds the question of whether it was a "disappearing" chalice.)

Others argue that the UPG dates from the High Middle Ages, when the Philosophers Guild entered the world of commerce by selling bawdy pamphlets to pilgrims facing long lines for the restroom. Business boomed until 1211 when Pope Innocent III condemned the publications. Not surprisingly, this led to increased sales, even as half our membership was burned at the stake.

More recently, revisionist historians have pinpointed the birth of the Guild to the time it was still cool to live in New York City's Lower East Side. Two brothers turned their inner creativity and love of paying rent towards fulfilling the people's needs for finger puppets, warm slippers, coffee cups, and cracking up at stuff.

Most of the proceeds go to unemployed philosophers (and their associates). A portion also goes to some groups working on profound causes.

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