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Diego Rivera

Datum narození: 8. prosinec 1886
Datum úmrtí: 24. listopad 1957

Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez , zkráceně Diego Rivera, byl významný mexický malíř, aktivní komunista a v letech 1929–1939 a 1940–1954 manžel malířky Fridy Kahlo. Řadí se mezi hlavní představitele muralismu, avantgardního uměleckého vyjádření spjatého s mexickou revolucí. V letech 1922 až 1953 tvořil nástěnné malby v Ciudad de México, Chapingu, Cuernavace, San Francisku, Detroitu a New Yorku. V roce 1931 byla v newyorském Muzeu moderního umění uspořádána retrospektivní výstava jeho děl.

Citáty Diego Rivera


„Jako umělec jsem se vždycky snažil, abych se nezpronevěřil své představě života. Často jsem se tak dostával do konfliktu s lidmi, kteří chtěli, abych nemaloval, co vidím, ale co si přáli, abych viděl.“

„I've never believed in God. But I believe in Picasso.“


„I am an atheist and I consider religions to be a form of collective neurosis. I am not an enemy of the Catholics, as I am not an enemy of the tuberculars, the myopic or the paralytics; you cannot be an enemy of the sick, only their good friend in order to help them cure themselves.“

„I recommend her to you, not as a husband but as an enthusiastic admirer of her work, acid and tender, hard as steel and delicate and fine as a butterfly's wing, lovable as a beautiful smile, and as profound and cruel as the bitterness of life.“

„From sunrise to sunset, I was in the forest, sometimes far from the house, with my goat who watched me as a mother does a child. All the animals in the forest became my friends, even dangerous and poisonous ones. Thanks to my goat-mother and my Indian nurse, I have always enjoyed the trust of animals--a precious gift. I still love animals infinitely more than human beings.“ My Art, My Life

„As an artist I have always tried to be faithful to my vision of life, and I have frequently been in conflict with those who wanted me to paint not what I saw but what they wished me to see.“ My Art, My Life

„you have to trust a TRUE compliment as muc as a critique.“

„Looking back upon my work today, I think the best I have done grew out of things deeply felt, the worst from a pride in mere talent.“ My Art, My Life


„As I rode back to Detroit, a vision of Henry Ford's industrial empire kept passing before my eyes. In my ears, I heard the wonderful symphony which came from his factories where metals were shaped into tools for men's service. It was a new music, waiting for the composer with genius enough to give it communicable form.

I thought of the millions of different men by whose combined labor and thought automobiles were produced, from the miners who dug the iron ore out of the earth to the railroad men and teamsters who brought the finished machines to the consumer, so that man, space, and time might be conquered, and ever-expanding victories be won against death.“
My Art, My Life

„I knew how one climbing the mountain of worldly success can slip down into the river below without being conscious of the descent till he is already drowning.“ My Art, My Life

„In my previous murals, I had tried to achieve a harmony in my painting with the architecture of the building. But to attempt such a harmony in the garden of the Institute would have defeated my purposes. For the walls here were of an intricate Italian baroque style, with little windows, heads of satyrs, doorways, and sculpturesque mouldings. It was within such a frame that I was to represent the life of an age which had nothing to do with baroque refinements -- a new life which was characterized by masses, machines, and naked mechanical power. So I set to work consciously to over-power the ornamentation of the room.“ My Art, My Life

„Se i miei affreschi di Detroit verranno distrutti, ne proverò un profondo dolore, perché ho messo in loro un anno della mia vita e il meglio del mio talento. Ma domani sarò impegnato a crearne altri, perché non sono semplicemente un "artista", ma piuttosto un uomo che realizza la sua funzione biologica di produrre dei dipinti, come un albero produce fiori e frutti e non si preoccupa di perdere quello che ha fatto ogni anno, perché sa che la prossima stagione ricomincerà a fiorire e a portare frutti.“ Diego et Frida


„Marx made theory... Lenin applied it with his sense of large-scale social organization... And Henry Ford made the work of the socialist state possible.“

„I spent the two and one-half months between my meeting with the Art Commission and the beginning of my actual mural work in soaking up impressions of the productive activities of the city. I studied industrial scenes by night as well as by day, making literally thousands of sketches of towering blast furnaces, serpentine conveyor belts, impressive scientific laboratories, busy assembling rooms; also of precision instruments, some of them massive yet delicate; and of the men who worked them all. I walked for miles through the immense workshops of the Ford, Chrysler, Edison, Michigan Alkali, and Parke-Davis plants. I was afire with enthusiasm. My childhood passion for mechanical toys had been transmuted to a delight in machinery for its own sake and for its meaning to man -- his self-fulfillment and liberation from drudgery and poverty. That is why now I placed the collective hero, man-and-machine, higher than the old traditional heroes of art and legend. I felt that in the society of the future as already, to some extent, that of the present, man-and-machine would be as important as air, water, and the light of the sun.

This was the "philosophy," the state of mind in which I undertook my Detroit frescoes.“
My Art, My Life

„Not long after coming to Detroit, I heard of a museum of machinery in Dearborn which had been set up by Henry Ford but which, at that time, had not acquired its present popularity. The well-to-do people of fashionable Grosse Pointe and the Detroit workers as well ignored Greenfield Village, as this museum area was called. Almost nobody had any use for it, and I found out about it only through hearing people laugh at "old man Ford" for "wasting" millions on his "pile of scrap iron." These gibes excited my curiosity, and I asked my friends how I could arrange a visit and what was the earliest time I might go.

"Any time you like," they answered, not troubling to conceal their disdain.“
My Art, My Life

„An artist is above all a human being, profoundly human to the core. If the artist can’t feel everything that humanity feels, if the artist isn’t
capable of loving until he forgets himself and sacrifices himself if necessary, if he won’t put down his magic brush and head the fight
against the oppressor, then he isn’t a great artist.“

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