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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Diego Rivera and natural art


Photo source: Wikimedia Commons


Diego Rivera (1886-1957) was a Mexican painter best known for painting murals and his contributions to Mexican muralism. Wikipedia says,


"Between 1922 and 1953, Rivera painted murals in, among other places, Mexico City, Chapingo and Cuernavaca, Mexico; and San Francisco, Detroit and New York City, United States." (Wikipedia: Diego Rivera, 8.16.21 UTC 07:17)


The rest of this post is some quotes from Rivera.


Natural art


"I know now that he who hopes to be universal in his art must plant in his own soil. Great art is like a tree which grows in a particular place and has a trunk, leave , blossoms, boughs, fruits and roots of its own. The more native art is, the more it belongs to the entire world, because taste is rooted in nature." (




"Every artist who has been worth anything in art has been such a propagandist... Every strong artist has been a propagandist... I want to use my art as a weapon." (


"The artist must try to raise the level of taste of the masses, not debase himself to the level of unformed and impoverished taste." (