Dreaming with His Eyes Open: A Life of Diego Rivera
An engaging new biography of the masterful Mexican muralist of indefatibable energy both as an artist and personality, released by Knopf in hardcover as a retrospective exhibition of Rivera's work traveled during 1999 from Detroit to Los Angeles to Dallas.
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Dreaming with His Eyes Open is an accurate and well written account of Diego Rivera's life. I especially appreciate his saying that Angeline Beloff was his fiance and she did not live with him prior to marriage as is often said. In her memoirs she tells of their marriage near Dieppe when he returned from a year in Mexico, prior to the revolution. In "House on the Bridge: Ten Turbulent Years with Diego Rivera" her journey from Russia to Paris and her trip to Bruges with Maria Blanchard Gutierrez is fictionalized but based on research. It was in Bruges that she met Rivera and she did the drawing that led to his painting House on the Bridge that he entered in the Salon. It was she who realized his deep love of Mexico and his fate to return and find his style there.
I very much enjoyed previewing this book by Patrick Marnham and appreciate its accuracy and clarity.
Introduction A Small Town in Mexico
FABLES AND DREAMS
Chapter Two Young Men in Waistcoats
THE LANDS OF REASON
Chapter Four The Free Republic of Montparnasse
Mexico 19101911 Paris 19111914 7
Chapter Six A Monster Emerges
REPAINTING THE WORLD
Mexico and Moscow 19271929 196
Chapter Eleven North of the Border
THE LAST DREAM
Chapter Thirteen A Surrealist Deathtrap
Major Mural Paintings 327
Chapter Eight A Pistol on the Scaffold