Murals by Diego Rivera at the Detroit Institute of Arts: the North Wall (continued)--page 5 (of 6 pages)

Main panel: "Production and Manufacture of Engine and Transmission"

The 1932 Ford V-8 is being produced in these combined scenes.

Blast furnace (top) and large spindle machines at the bottom and conveyor lines


Diverse workforce

A multiracial workforce was an important aspect of Rivers's Marxist idealism.

Dynamic curving conveyor lines connecting visually the separate scenes


The right bottom of the main panel


Rivera's self-portrait

Here he is a spectator (in bowler hat) not a worker.

Continue to page 6--the Predella Panels.

Go to Rivera Murals Index.

Works Consulted or Quoted:
Goldman, Shifra M. Dimensions of the Americas: Art and Social Change in Latin American and the United States. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1994.
Luis-Martín Lozano and Juan Rafael Coronel Rivera. Diego Rivera: The Complete Murals. Taschen, 2009.
Antonio Rodríguez. Diego Rivera: Mural Painting. Mexico City: Fondo Editorial de la Plástica Mexicana, 1988.
Linda Bank Downs. Diego Rivera. The Detroit Industry Murals. New York: Norton, 1999.

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