Edsel B. Ford, son of Henry Ford and Ford heir, and William Valentiner, director of the DIA, commissioned Rivera for the project. Rivera was paid $25,000.
|Edsel B. Ford, who donated $10,000, and William Valentiner, Director of the DIA, who commissioned the project|
Ford was amazed that Rivera caught all the details and complexity of the Rouge River Plant and assembly lines.
"Edsel Ford was carried away by the accurate rendering of machinery in motion and by the clearness of the composition, which was not confused by the great number of workmen represented, each occupied with his assigned job. The function of the machinery was so well understood that when engineers looked at the finished murals they found each part accurately designed…"
"I admire Rivera's spirit. I really believe he was trying to express his ideal of the spirit of Detroit." Edsel Ford10,000 people came to see the murals. People were amazed and proud to see their work captured in art. The common man saved Rivera's work.
Dear Master,Please, give me the permission to express my grateful thanks for the greatness of your feeling and understanding in all your great work, this, your own creation as I stand here and see it with my old eyes that labored for 45 years for others with no other recognition in this corrupt society than just to be called a ‘hand.’Therefore useful workers of the world, for the first time in the history of mankind, shall honor you as the first great artist of understanding, and with your great help the workers of the world will take their place. Wishing you a healthy, joyful life.Respectfully, Louis Gluck. For 45 years a wood carver.( http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/05/mura-s05.html)See details about Rivera Court here.
During this time Freda Kahol was painting, developing a new style, and suffered a miscarriage.
|Rivera and Kahol, http://www.dia.org/calendar/exhibition.aspx?id=4608&iid=|
Kahol and Rivera had a stormy and complex relationship which is only hinted at.
I enjoyed seeing the artist's paintings not related to their time in Detroit. There is a beautiful painting of Rivera's daughter from his first marriage; she holds a bronze mirror.
We also enjoyed seeing Make A Joyful Noise, Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral which runs through May 167, 2015. Included were illuminated, over-sized choral books that took six years to create and reliefs from the singing gallery created by Luca della Robbia.
See Rivera's paintings at http://www.diego-rivera-foundation.org/the-complete-works.html