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Posted February 9, 2014
My Art, My Life: an autobiography by Diego Rivera has been underestimated in Art history. There is one reviewer who claims that there is fantasy in the book, when he talks about cannibalism, witchcraft, offensive treatment of religion etc. but I don't see why those details of his biography may not be true.
According to Rivera's biography, he was raised by a woman from a primitive culture ( as his mother had lost her emotional stability after the death on one of her children. Being raised according to a primitive culture may explained some of his irrational way of looking at reality.
That he was a member of the Communist party was no secret, just like Picasso, Diego Rivera's mentor in Paris, was also a member of the communist party.
The book reveals an important dimension of the artist that has been ignore by art historians, and that is the fact that Diego Rivera was already a famous, well known cubist painter during the Cubist craze.
The book explains how Rivera turned his back on his Cubist success when he embraced Communism and from that ideology, he developed his vision as a muralist, art for the people, instead of art for the elite groups.
Ironically, it was some of the richest americans who supported his communist art, among them Henry Ford and Rockefeller.
Rivera's involvement with the Communist party explains his treatment of religion and the church, it goes without saying.
The Mural revolution, ironically aimed at breaking walls between social classes and races, predating the Civil right movement in the USA. This explains the artist's relationship with world leaders.
, artists and women, his adventures in Europe, the United States and Mexico. For a book that small in size, the great source of Art history in it is an inspired work of art in itself.
Posted December 8, 2003
My Art, My Life: An Autobiography written by Diego River and Gladys March is really a moving novel. The book was actually the result of a newspaper interview that grew into a series of interviews over many years. Beginning in 1944 and continuing until Rivera¿s death in 1957 Gladys March spent a whole lot of time each year collecting over 2000 pages of notes that eventually formed the basis of this book. Although the book is an autobiography it is actually both factual and fantasy. He talks about his experiment in cannibalism, witchcraft, his offensive treatment of religion and the church, the communist party, his relationships with world leaders, artists and women, his adventures in Europe, the United States and Mexico, his troubles and ills, and in general the things that made his life as large as his physical presence.
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