Flower Festival: Feast of Santa Anita

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Flower Festival: Feast of Santa Anita By Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera was born on December 8, 1886 in Guanajuato, Mexico. His love of art showed early on as he began drawing as a child. Around the age of 10, Rivera was able to study art at the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts in Mexico City. One of his early influences was artist José Posada who ran a print shop near Rivera's school. In 1907, Rivera traveled to Europe to further his art studies. There, he became friends with other leading artists of the day, including Pablo Picasso.
Everywhere he looked, Rivera saw potential pieces of art. This is what the Mexican master of the fresco said after he returned from a stay in Europe. Rivera would often speak of his love for the common
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I think that the "fitting together" of his painting and the design and composition does show a certain care for what is painted and portrays everyone as connected. The symmetry of the piece also, in my opinion, makes it that much more visually appealing. Everything appears balanced and harmonious. This painting, among many others Diego had created, was a part of the Social Realism movement in Mexico. The common artwork during this time was completed as murals depicting the hardships and plights of the laborers and common people of this time period. I really enjoy the bold lines and bright colors in this piece. It appears very balanced while taking up the entire canvas. The figures in the painting are bulky and well defined. If you look at the painting, at every aspect of it, you can imagine the story Diego was trying to tell. In my mind, the priest is carrying the white calla lilies representing the Savior’s light. The bundles of red flowers laying all around may be representative of bloodshed or simply the hardships of the people. The light is coming to save them all. The three kneeling girls in the front are imploring aid from the Savior. The bright colors are used to counter the times where everything was bleak for them. I think that Rivera was simply trying to remind people that though times may seem bad and things look very dark, things will always get better. No matter what darkness has come into your life, putting your faith in God will see you

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