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Diego Rivera: The Complete Murals

Diego Rivera: The Complete Murals


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This book showcases the remarkable journey of Diego Rivera, a beloved figure, Frida Kahlo's spouse, and a renowned Mexican artist. His expansive murals, showcasing societal transformation, continue to adorn public buildings in Mexico. The comprehensive photographs in this book were captured with scaffolding to ensure precise details of Rivera's murals are presented.

As a renowned figure in Latin America and one of Mexico's foremost artists, Diego Rivera (1886–1957) lived a fervent life committed to both art and communism. After a decade in Europe, where he immersed himself in the Cubist movement and surrounded himself with fellow artists, he returned to Mexico and began painting the monumental murals for which he is most renowned. Addressing social and political issues concerning the working class in his murals, he gained prophetic status among the peasants of Mexico. He was commissioned to create works abroad, including the controversial depiction of Lenin in his mural for the Rockefeller Center in New York City (which was ultimately destroyed before its completion). One of his most notable works is the 27 frescos comprising the 1932 Detroit Industry at the Detroit Institute of Art in Michigan.

This book showcases detailed views of the murals, providing a close analysis of their intricate components and subtle nuances. Alongside the murals, there is an extensive array of paintings, vintage photos, documents, and drawings from various public and private collections worldwide. Much of this material was previously unknown to researchers, and it is thanks to extensive studies that it is included here. The book also includes an illustrated biography and essays by esteemed art historians who offer their interpretations of each mural. This is the most comprehensive examination of Rivera's body of work to date, finally giving it the in-depth retrospective it deserves.

  • English edition
  • Product Type: Monograph, Hardcover, with dust jacket
  • 636 pages
  • Published in 2022
  • Shipping Dimensions: 13.4 × 9.8 × 2.0 inches  (34.0 × 24.9 × 5.1 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 lb (124.8 oz; 3538 g)
  • SKU010008229 | 9783836591195

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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
Juan Rafael Coronel Rivera

About the Author

Juan Rafael Coronel Rivera

Diego Rivera's grandson Juan Rafael Coronel Rivera has worked as editor of the magazines Punto Cero en Literatura, El Faro revista de literatura y arte and M'hija, together with Carlos Jaurena. He founded Kahlo-Coronel Fotogalería, Mexico’s first private photo-gallery, in 1987. His collection of Mexican popular pottery is the world’s most extensive, including more than 15,000 pieces from the 16th century to the present day. He has curated more than 100 exhibitions for art galleries, museums, and biennials and has written 71 publications.

Luis-Martín Lozano

About the Author

Luis-Martín Lozano

Luis-Martín Lozano is an art historian specializing in the study of the creative processes of modernist artists in Mexico and Latin America. He is the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship and has conducted extensive research on the work of both Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, as well as publishing widely on both artists. Lozano was formerly the director of the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico, and has been a guest curator for many art institutions in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and particularly in Mexico.


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