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Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh
This charming book introduces one of the most popular artists of the twentieth century, Diego Rivera, to young readers. It tells the story of Diego as a young, mischievous boy who demonstrated a clear passion for art and then went on to become one of the most famous painters in the world.
Duncan Tonatiuh also prompts readers to think about what Diego would paint today. Just as Diegos murals depicted great historical events in Mexican culture or celebrated native peoples, if Diego were painting today, what would his artwork depict? How would his paintings reflect todays culture?
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours is a wonderful introduction to this great artist.
Praise for Diego Rivera
« “By establishing a link between modern readers and Rivera and challenging them to make our own murals, the author makes art both aspiration and action. Both solid introduction and exhortation, this book will thrill budding artists.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Kids will want to talk about the great painter, and young artists will find inspiration for their own creations.” –Booklist
Born on December 8, , in Guanajuato, Mexico, Diego Rivera sought to make art that reflected the lives of the Mexican people. In , through a government program, he started a series of murals in public buildings. Now thought to be one of the leading artists of the 20th century, Diego Rivera was born on December 8, , in Guanajuato, Mexico. His passion for art emerged early on. He began drawing as a child. In , Rivera traveled to Europe to further his art studies.
His large frescoes helped establish the Mexican mural movement in Mexican art. Rivera had a volatile marriage with fellow Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. He had been caught drawing on the walls. His parents, rather than punishing him, installed chalkboards and canvas on the walls. As an adult, he married Angelina Beloff in , and she gave birth to a son, Diego — He was still married when he met art student Frida Kahlo.