Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera

An Artist for the People

Book - 2013
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"Diego Rivera offers young readers unique insight into the life and artwork of the famous Mexican painter and muralist. The book follows Rivera's career, looking at his influences and tracing the evolution of his style. His work often called attention to the culture and struggles of the Mexican working class. Believing that art should be for the people, he created public murals in both the United States and Mexico, examples of which are included."
Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, [2013]
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, [2013]
ISBN: 9780810984110
0810984113
Branch Call Number: J B RIVERA
Characteristics: 56 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 16, 2013

This isn’t one of those bios that flaunts its Timeline and reads like it was written in a monotone. There is life to these pages, and breadth to its subject. Short enough to reward a wary reader but with enough context and clarity to bring Diego to life, Rubin takes a tricky guy for kids to know about and makes him precisely what he was: bigger than life.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 16, 2013

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 16, 2013

From the very moment Diego could clutch a pencil his chubby little hands he was drawing. A boy with a natural talent, he was able to convince his parents to let him attend prep school during the day and the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts at night. As he grew more skill he learned, as everyone did at that time, from the European school of draftsmanship. It was only after he began to notice the works of street artists like Jose Guadalupe Posada that Diego recognized that European styles were not enough. He needed a style and a medium for the people. His people! As a muralist he was able to fulfill those very passions. Rubin tracks not just Diego’s life and commissions but also his thought process and where he heart lay as an artist. Full-color photographs complement the text. Backmatter includes a note about Mexico’s history, a note on Rivera’s influences, a listing of where to find his art, a Glossary of terms and names, Source Notes, Bibliography, and an Index.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 16, 2013

“He had always liked the ladies, and the ladies had always liked him despite his bulk and his habit of rarely taking a bath.”

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