Summary: Mexican Muralist Diego Rivera

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Between the years 1932 through 1933 Mexican Muralist Diego Rivera created what is said to be his most successful work ever. This particular mural is called “Detroit Industry”. The name was quite literal because the mural depicted just that, the Detroit industry. It is a fresco painting which means it is painted on fresh wet plaster. The fresco painting consist of twenty-seven panels on four different walls North ,South, East, and West. The two main panels on the North and South walls depict laborers working at Ford Motor Company's River Rouge Plant. In May of 2014 the mural reached national landmark status.
The four walls correspond with its opposite the east with the west and the north with the south. The east wall shows a sunrise which is symbolic for new beginnings or new life.The two main walls are the north and south walls.They are very similar and depict 4 different races or colors of people. They also portray a normal moment of work inside of the factory in Detroit by showing worker manufacturing cars. The west wall has a sunset and it’s symbolic because that Sun sets in that direction. The rest of the panels display many miscellaneous images which all convey a great deal of symbolism. They depict numerous things from elements of the Earth to advancement in science, technology, and medicine.
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It took him seven months to complete it. Rivera sketched his mural before he could paint it because it was highly crucial that it was correct the first time. Rivera also used an array of vibrant colors in this mural. The colors were both warm and cool. Tertiary colors are used as well. Most of his lines were contour lines which suggested volume. Each of the four walls are symmetrically balanced. In addition the mural shows texture because the lines and shades of light and dark paint makes it look like one could touch whatever is being displayed in the
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