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Diego Rivera:   Man at the Crossroads

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Looking with Hope and High Vision to the Choosing of a New and Better Future

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Diego Rivera: Man at the Crossroads, destroyed around midnight of Saturday, February 9, 1934, by being chipped from the wall and smashed to powder, at Radio City in the Rockefeller Center, New York!

Looking with Hope and High Vision to the Choosing of a New and Better Future

A portrait of Lenin occurs to the right in the Man at the Crossroads mural...


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Sensing that something terrible was about to happen, Diego Rivera summoned a photographer to take pictures of the almost finished mural, but the guards, who had been ordered to admit no photographers, barred him.

At last, one of Diego's assistants, Lucienne Bloch, smuggled in a Leica, consealed in her bosom.  Mounting the scaffold, she surreptiously snapped as many pictures as she could without getting cought.


We salute you, Lucienne Bloch, for taking those actions!


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Man, Controller of the Universe, Mexico City, 1934 (Detail)


Cynthia Newman Helms, Diego Rivera a Retospective, Norton, p297, p85, 1986

Bertram D. Wolfe, The Fabulous life of Diego Rivera, Scarborough House, p317, 1969

Diego Rivera, MY ART, MY LIFE   An Autobiography, Dover Publications, p127, 1991

Patrick Marnham, Dreaming with his Eyes open..., Alfred A. Knopf, p242, 1998

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Was this Diego Rivera's first portrait of Lenin?