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The Diego Rivera Fresco

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 27 September 2010 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

I love this place. The north wall is a fresco mural by the artist for whom the gallery is named; Diego Rivera (1886-1957)

So here is a view of his:

"The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City" - (1931)

Artist Rivera is depicted within the fresco - twice. He's the one with his back to us, seated on the scaffolding that appears to be 'outside' of the wall. He is working on the part of the fresco that depicts him - again with his back to us but 'within' the image! It is quite an illusion.

The fresco covers the entire wall to include the wood frame that appears to rise from the floor. Above the stairway is what appears to be a granite cut-stone plaque dedicating the fresco. It is also part of the fresco itself! I love that Rivera's humor and irony is reflected here in such exquisite detail.

This is one of four fresco murals that Diego Rivera created in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

great shot, cool looking place

27 Sep 2010 5:29am

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, Wales., United Kingdom

I agree with my son,and when I win the lottery it's one place i've got to visit.

27 Sep 2010 11:13am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

beautiful place.

27 Sep 2010 11:21am

Formerly Known as MontereyJohn from Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

Now this is interesting. My Dad was born and raised in revolutionary Mexico City. Rivera was quite the man during those times. His work is prominent at the univeristy on Chapultapec. He was a flaming Red, but who wasn't back then?

Funny enough, the Rockefellers commissioned him to paint the ceiling murals in the RCA Building in Rockefeller Center in NYC. When they saw what he had done, well, don't be looking for a Rivera in the RCA Building on your next visit to the city :)

Another nice shot, Stephen.

27 Sep 2010 11:41am

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

interesting :)

27 Sep 2010 3:05pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great shot!
Love the angle and the art work...

27 Sep 2010 3:12pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow... What a beautiful fresco ! Very interesting capture Stephen. Have a nice day :)

27 Sep 2010 3:38pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

It is quite a mural, very eye catching and your shot makes maximum use of the space. Something I like about modern art galleries is the minimalism of the art in an expansive room, it gives us all time and space to consider our own, and the artists thoughts.

27 Sep 2010 4:19pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very nice. I like the composition of this shot. Nice fresca

27 Sep 2010 8:14pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Nice luminous place for art exhibition.

27 Sep 2010 9:15pm

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice space !

27 Sep 2010 10:52pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

Nicely presented. Hard to tell which is more impressive - the fresco or the space it is in.

28 Sep 2010 12:26am

David from Detroit, United States

A great shot of the gallery-- it puts everything in context-- the exhibition, the fresco, the space.

28 Sep 2010 1:31am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very beautiful place! A great fresco and space to the installation!

28 Sep 2010 7:14am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

wow . . this really catches the mood . . a perfect composition where you had little control. Well done.

28 Sep 2010 9:17am