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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.


„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 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.“

„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.“

„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.“

„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

„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


„From seven in the morning until half past one the next morning -- that's quite a record time for a visitor to stay at a museum," [Henry Ford] continued. "It proves that you may be even more interested in mechanics than I am. And you almost have to be a fanatic to compete with me. That's certainly something!" he exclaimed, grinning broad approval of our common bond.“ My Art, My Life

„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.“

„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.“

„The first thing I encountered on entering the museum was the earliest steam engine built in England. As I walked on, marveling at each successive mechanical wonder, I realized that I was witnessing the history of machinery, as if on parade, from its primitive beginnings to the present day, in all its complex and astounding elaborations.

Henry Ford's so-called "pile of scrap iron" was organized not only with scientific clarity but with impeccable, unpretentious good taste. Relics of the times associated with each machine were displayed beside it. To me, Greenfield Village, inside and out, was a visual feast.“
My Art, My Life

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