Thursday, January 01, 2009

This Is Not A...

...mural by Diego Rivera. This mural, from which Figure 1 is a detail, replaced one by Diego Rivera. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., was displeased by the commie imagery in Rivera's mural.
Figure 1: Detail Of Jose Maria Sert's American Progress at Rockefeller Center

I also had a chance to see a cubist painting by Rivera, at the Musuem Of Modern Art. In general, I am not a fan of cubism.
Figure 2: Diego Rivera Painting at MOMA
I deliberately did not stay in New York City over new year's eve.


YouNotSneaky! said...

I just saw Man at the Crossroads, commie imagery and all, several days ago. Well, the repainted version. It's a great painting and another observation for the hypothesis that ethics and aesthetics ain't got nothing to do with each other (though from the MMuralists I do prefer Montenegro where the political themes are much more subtle if actually present - but this has more to do with the fact that I think Montenegro was much better at composition than Riviera, Orozco or Siqueiros).

Also, Cubism in moderate doses can be quite tasty. And it lowers your chances of heart disease.

Robert Vienneau said...

I do not know muralists. The cubist works I've see are too much shades of grey for my tastes.