Diego Rivera

Artist of the Month

In honor of Latino Heritage I am choosing the greatest of all Mexican Painters.

Diego is remembered as a revolutionary painter. His art reflects the spirit of his times.

Before he returned to Mexico in the twenties to attain a measure of fame, he spent fourteen years in Europe (Spain and France) joining the free- spirit artists that congregated around Picasso.

There the Russian Revolution was  fresh in everybody’s mind and it was still playing out – not the failed experiment as we see it today. Exciting (or that was how Diego saw it) ideas were breaking up the old and not just in society.The new Cubistic school of art effectively depicted the emotional content (rather than realism) and  this new style fascinated Diego..

After his return to Mexico he was commissioned by the Mexican Government to paint a series of murals. This he did and his art was bold, colorful and vibrant, depicting the simple life of the peasants.

In 1933 Nelson Rockefeller commissioned him to paint a mural for the Rockefeller Center.  Diego included a communist in the painting and Rockefeller absolutely insisted that he remove it. When the artist refused the rich man had the entire mural chipped off the walls!

Here are some of the Diego Rivera images in our catalog.

Digo Rivera  Peasant with basket of fruit

         Man with Calla Lilies                           Burden

In 1929 Diego married Frida Kahlo a renowned artist in her own right. His life has become memorable as a result of the outstanding film that described Diego’s wayward ways and his life with the tragic woman that loved him so much and that he hurt so deeply.

Quote of the Week

Every good composition is above all a work of abstraction
Diego Rivera

 

Latino Heritage

Celebrating our American Diversity

As we remember Black History in January and February in America, we appreciate our Latino Heritage in the months of September and October.

It has been impressive to see more and more Spanish leaders emerge with each new election.

Music dancing and great food is very much a part of the Mexican tradition.

dancing mexican womenMexican Celebrations

Each city in Mexico has a Zócalo, where celebrations take place and people of all ages come out to enjoy themselves. The square livens up with music, laughter and vibrant colors. Parades are so popular that people wake up early and rush to the streets seeking a good spot to watch and enjoy them.  It takes months of rehearsal and preparation for marching bands to perform and compete, all wanting to be the best.  There is usually dancing and music in the square with the ever so popular mariachi bands.

No celebration can be complete without food.  A few days before the big event, hundreds of stalls start aligning on the streets near the Zócalo.  Restaurants all over offer the most representative of Mexican cuisine: Mole Poblano is a thick spicy sauce that comes from blending more than 40 ingredients, and is spread on top of turkey or chicken with Mexican style red rice.   Mole is so popular that it is served on nearly every important Mexican occasion.

Here are some Latino pictures from Picture Lady:

The artists are Leonel from Guatemalo, Diego Rivera,  & Segura Torres from Guadalajara.

Boy with Calla Lilies  ]   

The most exciting of the Mexican celebrations is the 16th of September, their Independence Day.

Quote for the Week

Art is the lie that makes us realize the truth – Pablo Picasso

Vincent Van Gogh

Featured Artist for the Month

I met a delightful customer at our store in the Flying J this last week. She was particularly interested in the Art of the Old Masters. In our American rush for the novel and the new we sometimes forget the lasting quality of art  and products that have stood the test of time.  In her house she  had the Van Gogh sunflowers and we carry a spectacular version of this picture in Art-Tex that seems to bring out every brushstroke. It was she that inspired me to write this post.

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Van Gogh Sunflowers

There are some misconceptions about this artist:

  • Van Gogh did indeed sell some paintings during his lifetime.
  • Although he was wild and suffered from some deep depressions and did some strange things, it is highly unlikely that he was really insane.
  • He was considered so good that he was often copied. He had a stong following of student admirers. Once during his lifetime his work was even forged.
  • He didn’t commit suicide with a shotgun. This was a gun accident, he tripped and fell on teh barrel of the gun causing it to go off.

The most remarkable thing about the artist is that we do not have a single mediocre picture from him, not even done in his formative years. All are masterpieces. Either he was so good or he had the good taste to destroy his early efforts.

His talent is astounding!  Many of us know and enjoy the the vitality and brilliance of his paintings like Starry Night, Night Stars, and Cafe Terrace.   These pictures are stunning when done with a white linen liner and a black ornamental frame that contrasts with the bright colors. They are perfect to add to your Creative Homemaker decorating for the fall.

What we remember about Van Gogh is that he is one of the most gifted draftsmen who ever lived. he is right up there in the same class as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci and Picasso.

 Quote for the Week

To do good work one must eat well, be well housed, have one’s fling from time to time, smoke one’s pipe, and drink one’s coffee in peace.”  Vincent Van Gogh  

 

Out of the Mouths of Babes

A grandmother got together some known proverbs to quizz her three precious grandchildren.  Here are some of the precious answers that she got.

Strike while the bug is close!

It is always darkest before daylight savings!

No news is impossible!

An idle mind is the way to relax!

A penny saved is not very much!

Where there is smoke there is pollution!

You get out of something what you see pictured on the box.

When the blind lead the blind, get out of the way.

Love all but trust only me!

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A Precious Gift

A comment from The Picture Lady: We see Children are an essential part of the Creative Homemaking lifestyle. Being a good mother is the true test of a woman. We watch the children coming through at our store in the Travel Plaza at the Flying J and there is energy and love and goodwill in the American children. It gives us hope for the future.

Quote for the Week

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~Stacia Tauscher