Two artists discuss Rivera’s campesinos
SFX: agricultural soundscape: soft wind in leaves and grass, the clipping of flowers
I mean, this is kind of an idealized rendition of something Mexican.
Artist Rupert Garcia —
GARCIA: It’s based upon life of Mexico, but it’s been romanticized by Diego Rivera…The light, how it resonates off of the flowers and straw hats and these earth tones.
SFX: Strumming of guitar, sentimental
Diego Rivera was defined by his love of Mexico. Even though he was a world-famous artist, he identified most with common workers and peasant farmers, like this bent-over campesino. Most days he could be found in a pair of overalls and a beaten-up hat.
So he would go out in the truck in the morning
Artist Amalia Mesa-Bains–
and he would do tons of these sketches of the people in the fields working or the flower vendors,
You know how we can’t see the faces of these two characters very well? That was kind of the point. Rivera wasn’t painting a specific person, he was celebrating a way of life.
I think it’s about the dignity of being a flower carrier, or a flower vendor.
SFX: Guitar fades
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