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Diego Rivera: His World and Ours

by Duncan Tonatiuh

Published by Abrams, 2011
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢠪109-97318

Ages 6-9

Duncan Tonatiuh抯 picture book account of Mexican painter Diego Rivera抯 life and work as an artist begins by looking at the painter抯 education, artistic influences, and desire to make art about and for the people of Mexico. 揌e wanted to celebrate the things that were special to Mexico and wanted Mexicans, from all distant parts of the land, to learn about their culture and feel proud. Tonatiuh then imagines what Rivera might choose to paint if he were alive today, connecting the possibilities to the art for which he is known. 揥ould he paint the big city ... as he painted the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitl醤? ... Maybe Diego would paint shops at the mall ... as he painted street vendors selling flores. He notes that Rivera抯 dream of a better future for 搕he common people is something the painter celebrated in his art, and today 搃t is up to us to make our own murals and bring them to life. Tonatiuh抯 arresting and distinctive visual style is inspired in part by ancient Mexican art. A glossary defines terms relating to art and to Mexican heritage, and an author抯 note provides more details on Rivera抯 life, as well as Tonatiuh抯 own artistic influences.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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