Diego Rivera Analysis

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Diego Rivera was one of the most famous Mexican painters there ever was. He was married to Frida Kahlo who was also a painter. Diego was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, on December 8, 1886, to a wealthy family. He was the son of María Del Pilar Barrientos and Diego Rivera Acosta. Diego had a twin brother named Carlos, who died two years after they were born. Diego started painting one year after his twin brother died, on the walls of his home at the young age of three. Due to him painting on the walls, Diego’s parents installed chalk boards and canvases on them, for his pleasure. His paintings didn’t get serious until he was 10. Throughout Diego’s life he was married 5 different times. Diego was married twice before he met Frida at the age of 42, about ten years later they got a divorce due to their unfaithfulness to each other but then remarried about a year later. Once Frida passed on, he then remarried. The Creation in 1922 was Rivera’s first famous painting. The painting was over a thousand square feet and took him over a year to paint. “Although it was widely popular, Rivera felt that the painting…show more content…
“The colorful painting displays a peasant man in white clothing with a yellow sombrero, struggling on all fours with a dramatically oversized basket of flowers that is strapped to his back with a yellow sling. A woman, most likely the peasant 's wife, stands behind him trying to help with the support of the basket as he attempts to rise to his feet. While the flowers in the basket are strikingly beautiful to the viewer, the man does not see their beauty, but only their value as he carries them to the market for sale or exchange. Some believe that the enormous basket strapped to the man 's back is representative of the encumbrances of an untrained worker in a modern, capitalistic world” (diegoriveria.org) Between 1922 and 1953, Rivera painted paintings in Mexico City, Chapingo, Cuernavaca, San Francisco, Detroit, and New York
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