Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh
This charming book introduces one of the most popular artists of the twentieth century, Diego Rivera, to young readers. It tells the story of Diego as a young, mischievous boy who demonstrated a clear passion for art and then went on to become one of the most famous painters in the world.
Duncan Tonatiuh also prompts readers to think about what Diego would paint today. Just as Diegos murals depicted great historical events in Mexican culture or celebrated native peoples, if Diego were painting today, what would his artwork depict? How would his paintings reflect todays culture?
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours is a wonderful introduction to this great artist.
Praise for Diego Rivera
« “By establishing a link between modern readers and Rivera and challenging them to make our own murals, the author makes art both aspiration and action. Both solid introduction and exhortation, this book will thrill budding artists.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Kids will want to talk about the great painter, and young artists will find inspiration for their own creations.” –Booklist
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours
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Last updated Sunday, August 6, Date s Used: Aug. Synopsis: This charming book introduces one of the most popular artists of the twentieth century, Diego Rivera, to young readers. It tells the story of Diego as a young, mischievous boy who demonstrated a clear passion for art and then went on to become one of the most famous painters in the world. Duncan Tonatiuh also prompts readers to think about what Diego would paint today.
Thank you! A simple picture-book biography of Diego Rivera concentrates on his artistic career and encourages children to imagine themselves painting their own world. Tonatiuh moves quickly through Rivera's childhood and early career, concentrating on the artist's murals and their inspirations. Clear language contextualizes the artist: In Spain, "he learned the classical way to paint, which means the finished paintings looked very realistic, almost like photographs," but then in France, "he met young artists who were painting in new and exciting ways. Notably and appropriately absent is any mention of Rivera's problematic personal life.
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It is going to be published by Abrams and will be available next spring. But then the book asks what would Diego paint today? What I admire the most about Rivera is that he looked back at the art of ancient Mexico and combined it with the art of the modern era. In my work I attempt to do something similar. I look back to that ancient art also, but I try to combine it with the tools of the digital era. Tags: Abrams , children's book , Diego Rivera , illustrations.