The Fabulous Life of Diego Rivera

The Fabulous Life of Diego Rivera


By (author) Bertram David Wolfe


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  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishers Inc.,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 31mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham
  • ISBN 10: 0815410603
  • ISBN 13: 9780815410607
  • Edition statement: Cooper Square P.
  • Illustrations note: 164 b&w illustrations, 39 line drawings
  • Sales rank: 970,714

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Known for his grand public murals, Diego Rivera (1886-1957) is one of Mexico's most revered artists. His paintings are marked by a unique fusion of European sophistication, revolutionary political turmoil, and the heritage and personality of his native country. Based on extensive interviews with the artist, his four wives (including Frida Kahlo), and his friends, colleagues, and opponents, The Fabulous Life of Diego Rivera captures Rivera's complex personality--sometimes delightful, frequently infuriating and always fascinating--as well as his development into one of the twentieth century's greatest artist.

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Author information

Bertram D. Wolfe (1896-1977) co-authored two books with Rivera, Portrait of Mexico and Portrait of America. He is also the author of Three Who Made a Revolution.

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Above all, [Wolfe] presents the life-the life of a Renaissance Man who mastered his time and was then mastered by it-in all of its superb color, movement, humor and pathos, with a gusto and epic sweep matching its subject. New Leader The single account of his fabulous life and politics...Rivera's lives and loves, well documented here, are sensational enough to hold the interest of readers not particularly interested in painting. The New York Times Book Review [A] very detailed but always readable and forthright account...The story is a magnificent one, and Mr. Wolfe tells it well. His book [has] an affection and generosity of spirit that is rare in critical literature. -- Hilton Kramer The Nation