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Diego Rivera: An Artist For The People

2013 | Abrams Books for Young Readers

A Junior Library Guild Selection - Spring 2013


Diego Rivera offers young readers unique insight into the life and artwork of the famous Mexican painter and muralist. The book follows Rivera's career, looking at his influences and tracing the evolution of his style. His work often called attention to the culture and struggles of the Mexican working class. Believing that art should be for the people, he created public murals in both the United States and Mexico, examples of which are included. The book contains a list of museums where you can see Rivera's art, a historical note, a glossary, and a bibliography.


Praise for Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People

"With engaging prose that is beautifully illustrated with Diego Rivera’s paintings and murals, this spacious volume introduces the great Mexican artist to young people. Accompanied by crisply reproduced color images of both the bright, minutely detailed murals as well as archival photos of the artist at work, the accessible account discusses how Diego constructed his art..."
--Booklist, starred review

"A carefully researched, cogently argued and handsomely produced appreciation."
--Kirkus Reviews

"There is life to these pages, and breadth to its subject. Short enough to reward a wary reader but with enough context and clarity to bring Diego to life, Rubin takes a tricky guy for kids to know about and makes him precisely what he was: bigger than life."
--School Library Journal

"Enhanced by gorgeously reproduced photos and artwork, Rubin’s account follows the Mexican artist from his early drawings - as a small child, he was given free rein in a room “covered with black canvas as high as he could reach” - through his eventful, productive life."
--The Washington Post