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Diego Rivera The Detroit Industry Murals Fold-Out Style Book

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By Amy Pastan

Edited by Judith Ruskin and Esme West

Diego Rivera's (1886–1957) Detroit Industry fresco cycle in the Detroit Institute of Arts is the finest Mexican-style mural in the United States. Completed in nine months, between July 1932 and March 1933, the murals are a tribute to Detroit industry and labor, and Rivera considered the cycle to be the most successful work of his career. Throughout the mural Rivera celebrates the harmonies between man, nature and machine.

The cycle begins on the east wall, which depicts the origins of human life and technology. The panels on the west wall represent technologies of air and water and introduce the automobile industry. The north wall is devoted to representations of two races of humanity, the automobile industry and scenes from other major Detroit industries: medicine, pharmaceuticals and commercial chemicals. Panels on the south wall primarily depict the production of an automobile body.

This unique volume details the murals across horizontal and vertical fold-out sections ideal for the paintings' size and scope. A lively text includes information on the artist and his technique, the patron (Edsel Ford) and a detailed analysis of the various panels that make up the fresco cycle.

Based on Linda Bank Downs' Diego Rivera: The Detroit Industry Murals.

Four-fold binding with eight fold-out sections and 50 images.

Measures 4.75 x 6.75 inches.

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  1. Good Overview 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jun 29th 2015

    A very good simple little overview of the wonderful Rivera murals. It was exactly what I was looking for. Details on each of the panels and full color pictures. Gives you the full story of the murals in a clear, concise manner.

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