Pomegranate，2011，Diego Rivera (Mexican, 1886-1957)
Production and Manufactor of Engine and Transmission,
Detroit Industry, north wall, detail, 1933
Printed in China，size：73.7 x 50.8 cm
During the Great Depression, a series of commissions allowed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (1886-1957) to leave his mark on the walls of the United States. The mural he painted for San Francisco's Pacific Stock Exchange (1930-1931) attracted the attention of William Valentiner, the director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, who commissioned him to paint the walls of the museum's classical Garden Court. Edsel Ford, the president of the Ford Motor Company, agreed to fund the project and became a great champion of the artists. The vast Ford factory on the Rouge River, where Rivera spent days sketching, inspired the images depicted on the north and south walls of the countryard. After Detroit Industry (1932-1933), Rivera began work on large murals in Manhattan's Rockefeller Centre; a dispute between the artist and the building managers climaxed in the destruction of the artist's work.
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