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Google Doodle Celebrates 125th Birthday of Diego Rivera

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Thursday, December 8th.  The new Google Doodle is now available and it is to celebrate what would have been the 125th birthday of Mexican painter Diego Rivera.

According to Diego Rivera’s WikiPedia entry, he was born in Guanajuato on December 8th, 1886, with a silver spoon (or rich if you prefer). He started studying art at the age of 10 and moved to Europe in 1907 where he studied Post-Impressionism because he was inspired by Paul Cézanne. Post-Impressionism is the development of French art which uses vivid colours, thick application of paint, distinctive brush strokes, and real-life subject matter, but more inclined to emphasize geometric forms, to distort form for expressive effect, and to use unnatural or arbitrary colour.

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After shifting to Post-Impressionism, Rivera paintings began to attract attention, and he was able to display them at several exhibitions.

Thirteen years after, Diego Rivera traveled to Italy to study the country’s art including Italy’s mural paintings. In 1922, Rivera joined the Mexican Communist Party. His murals interpreted the Mexican society and reflected the his country’s 1910 Revolution.

Diego Rivera also developed his own mural style “based on large, simplified figures and bold colors with an Aztec influence.”

Diego Rivera’s most popular art, arguably, is the “Man at the Crossroads” or the “Man, Controller of the Universe” in New York City. The mural was removed after a controversy erupted in the press because the painting contained Vladimir Lenin, the famous Russian communist.

According to Independent, Diego Rivera’s murals are “magnificent celebrations of socialism.” His 1933 work, the Man at the Crossroads pleased John D Rockefeller, and became the great public painting for New York and a great enhancement to the glory of Rockefeller Center.

Rivera returned to his country in 1933, and repainted the Man at the Crossroads in Mexico City. After seven years, Diego Rivera returned to United States to paint the “Pan American Unity,” a ten-panel mural for the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco.

Diego Rivera died on November 24, 1957.

Via WikiPedia.

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