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RIVERA, Diego. Man, Controller of

RIVERA, Diego (1886-1957). Man, Controller of the Universe. 1934. Right detail. Mexican Mural Painting. Fresco. MEXICO. FEDERAL DISTRICT. Mexico City. Fine Arts Palace

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1818 1820 1886 1957 Arts Close Controller Daylight Diego Engels Federal Foreground Fresco Frescoes Friedrich Karl Marx Mexican Mexico Mural Paintings Pictures Rivera Sunlight Universe 1895 Artists Masculine Persons


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This detail from Diego Rivera's mural "Man, Controller of the Universe," showcases the Mexican artist's mastery of vibrant colors and dynamic composition. Painted in 1934 as part of a larger fresco in Mexico City's Fine Arts Palace, this section depicts a group of men in various stages of contemplation and control, with one figure in the foreground assertively manipulating the gears of the cosmos. The mural is deeply rooted in Mexican history and contemporary political and social issues, reflecting Rivera's engagement with Marxist and Freudian theories. The influence of Western modernist artists, such as Engels, Friedrich, and Marx, is evident in Rivera's work. The men in this detail are reminiscent of Friedrich's brooding figures in nature, while the industrial machinery and cosmic elements draw from Marx's dialectical materialism. Rivera's use of fresco technique adds depth and texture, making the scene come alive in the daylight and outside the Fine Arts Palace. The men, with their serious expressions and focused gazes, create an intriguing tableau that invites viewers to ponder the relationship between humanity and the universe.

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