Monday, February 13, 2012

Reflections of Rivera, by k Madison Moore, Inspired by Diego Rivera

Reflections of Rivera
Inspired by Diego Rivera


14 x 14 Oil Painting on Canvas

Painting with The Masters
Art within Art Series

I found a new painting by Diego Rivera that
included a similar beautiful woman to the one I have
painted here. I changed the face totally. I loved her gown
and her holding the mirror so that is close to his.
Diego is well know for painting Calla Lillie's so I 
thought that would be a nice touch.

I actually dreamed about the background for this
I like the dark dreaminess of the room and the birds
and vines lingering above. I think the chair took longer
to paint than anything else with the candy cane cording
and the fringe and tassels. So much fun!
Enjoy Reflections of Rivera.

Diego Rivera and his love Frieda Kahlo

Diego Rivera was born in Guanajuato, Mexico in 1886. He began to study painting at an early age and in 1907 moved to Europe. Spending most of the next fourteen years in Paris, Rivera encountered the works of such great masters as C√©zanne, Gauguin, Renoir, and Matisse.

Considered the greatest Mexican painter of the twentieth century, Diego Rivera had a profound effect on the international art world. Among his many contributions, Rivera is credited with the reintroduction of fresco painting into modern art and architecture. His radical political views and tempestuous romance with the painter Frieda Kahlo were then, and remain today, a source of public intrigue. In a series of visits to America, from 1930 to 1940, Rivera brought his unique vision to public spaces and galleries, enlightening and inspiring artists and laymen alike.

Rivera remained a central force in the development of a national art in Mexico throughout his life. In 1957, at the age of seventy, Rivera died in Mexico City. Perhaps one his greatest legacies, however, was his impact on America’s conception of public art.

“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.” - Diego Rivera


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