Diego Rivera Analysis

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A Life of Tragedy Turned to Art Art has transformed itself over the centuries. However, it takes a strong artist to change the form of art – and Diego Rivera was one of these artists. Even through sickness and misfortune, Diego Rivera managed to introduce the world to the beauty of fresco painting while giving a realist approach. However, if Diego had not undergone his struggles in life, a person might speculate that he might not have produced much of his artwork including the masterpiece known as “The Detroit Industry.” Through life Diego offered the world the creation of realist fresco painting and in death has continued to show us these works of art in the murals spread throughout American and Mexican buildings. After suffering from…show more content…
Unsatisfied with Spain, Diego moved to Paris to complete his remaining two years of studying. During this time, he met and married his first wife, Angelina Belloff, a Russian émigré artist. During the next ten years, Diego and Angelina live together and pursue their art careers. In 1917, they have a child – but he eventually dies in 1918 from the influenza epidemic. Only a year later, Diego would go on to have his second son, Marika, with his mistress Marvena. Overwhelmed with his distraught wife and the death of his son, Diego moves back to Mexico in 1919 – where he would never see Angelina for many…show more content…
During sunlight, Diego switched to his colored paints – where he could visualize his artwork better. Diego continued this tedious job every day for the next eight months. Diego would only stop when the plaster dried and would rest while his assistances placed fresh plaster on the walls. To speed up the process of the mural painting, Diego kept on a strict diet of citrus fruit and fresh vegetables. (Foard) During this diet, Diego lost over 100lbs and was able to improve his stroke speed with his paintbrush. To finish the completion of his artwork, Diego placed the phrase “Detroit’s Industry: Production of Automobile Exterior and Final Assembly” on the South Wall and the phrase “Detroit’s Industry: Production and Manufacture of Engine and Transmissions” on the North Wall.
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