Artists

Season 1 Episode 1

Diego Rivera

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Aired Unknown Apr 30, 2009 on A&E
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Diego Rivera
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Born in Guanajuato, Mexico in 1886, his family moved to Mexico City in 1892. Considered the greatest Mexican painter of the twentieth century, Diego Rivera had a profound effect on the international art world. Rivera is credited with the reintroduction of fresco painting into modern art and architecture. His radical political views and tempestuous romance with the painter Frida Kahlo remain a source of public intrigue. In a series of visits to America, from 1930 to 1940, Rivera brought his unique vision to public spaces and galleries, enlightening and inspiring artists and laymen alike. In 1933 the Rockefellers commissioned Rivera to paint a mural for the lobby of the RCA building in Rockefeller Center. "Man at the Crossroads" was to depict the social, political, industrial, and scientific possibilities of the twentieth century. In the painting, Rivera included a scene of a giant May Day demonstration of workers marching with red banners. It was not the subject matter of the panel that inflamed the patrons, but the clear portrait of Lenin leading the demonstration. When Rivera refused to remove the portrait, he was ordered to stop and the painting was destroyed. After the Rockefeller incident, he painted 21 portable frescoes for the "New Worker's School" in New York City.moreless
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