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Pozzi-Harris, Ana,1972-
De-mythologizing Rivera : political cultures and the European years, 1907-1921.
M.A. -- Queen's University at Kingston, 1998
Ottawa : National Library of Canada = Bibliothèque nationale du Canada, [1999]
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This thesis deals with the period the Mexican artist Diego Rivera spent in Europe (1907-1909; 1911-1921), and with the works produced at that time. Rivera's European production, I propose, can be contextualized within two political cultures: French nationalism during World War I and the post-war era, and the Mexican Revolution. I propose that Rivera's European production accepts a plurality of meanings when contextualized in these distinct political cultures. This dual approach challenges previous readings which have mythologized Rivera's European period as unavoidably linked to the iconography, style, political ideology, and national identity that he manifested after his definitive return to Mexico in 1921. In chapter 2, I contextualize Rivera's transition from Cubism to la tradition within the politicized interpretation provided by Kenneth Silver in Esprit de Corps. In chapter 3, I analyze Rivera national, cultural, and political allegiances in relation to the Mexican revolution (1910-1921), and I conclude that Rivera's notion of national identity evolved between 1911 and 1921. This evolution, I argue, can be traced through a joint reading of Rivera's representations 'of Mexicans and of Mexico.' (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957.
Art, Mexican 20th century.
Art Political aspects Mexico.
Art Political aspects France.
Art mexicain 20e siècle.