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02 October 2019THE GOLDEN AGE OF MEXICAN PAINTING
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THE GOLDEN AGE OF MEXICAN PAINTING CHLOE SAYER Wednesday 02 October 2019

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and Diego Rivera (1886-1957) have iconic status in Mexico. Rivera's intricate visual narratives, rich with allegory and symbolism, adorn the walls of public buildings. Inspired by Aztec and Maya imagery, and by early Italian fresco painting, his vast murals combine social criticism with faith in human progress. Kahlo's work, unlike Rivera's, is small in format. Arguably Mexico’s most original painter, she made herself the principal theme of her art. Her paintings reflect her experiences and dreams. This lecture  chronicles the two artists’ turbulent marriage and Mexico's history after the 1910 Revolution.