Detroit Industry, South Wall, 1932-1933

  • Diego M. Rivera, Mexican, 1886-1957

Fresco

  • Image (upper register, left side): 101 1/2 inches × 84 inches (257.8 × 213.4 cm) Image (upper register, center panel): 106 inches × 45 feet (269.2 cm × 13 m 71.6 cm) Image (upper register, right side): 101 1/2 inches × 84 inches (257.8 × 213.4 cm) Image (middle register, left side): 26 3/4 inches × 73 inches (67.9 × 185.4 cm) Image (middle register, center panel): 52 1/4 inches × 45 feet (132.7 cm × 13 m 71.6 cm)

Gift of Edsel B. Ford

33.10.S

On View

  • Rivera Court C200

Department

American Art before 1950

  • Industry
  • Pharmacy
  • Surgery
  • Welding
  • Steel
  • Limestone
  • Sand
  • Fertilizer
  • Potash
  • Frescoes
  • Portraits
  • Conveyor
  • Welder
  • Automobile
  • Mural
  • Mural
  • Frescoes
  • Race
  • Mexican muralism
  • Detroit
  • Dearborn
  • Edsel ford (1893 - 1943)
  • Valentiner, wilhelm reinhold

Signed and dated, upper register left side panel, on pharmacist's name plate: Diego Rivera Sep. 20, 1932

Inscribed, South wall lower register lower right of center panel (on sheet of paper): These frescoes | painted between July | 25 1932 and March 13 | 1933 while Dr. William | R. Valentiner was direc-| tor of the Art Institute | are the gift to the City | of Detroit of Mr. Edsel | B. Ford, President of the Art Commission.

1933-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925-1945. Exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art. New Haven, 2020, pp. 96, 100-101 (repr.) pl. 54; pp. 208-210. Coffey, Mary K. Orozco's American Epic: Myth, History, and the Melancholy of Race. Durham and London, 2020, pp. 169-176, p. 172 (repr.) (fig. 3.24). O'Sullivan, Lucy. Visual Culture 3. Diego Rivera and Juan Rulfo: Post-Revolutionary Body Politics 1922-1965. Cambridge: Legenda, 2022, pp. 125-127, p. 126 (fig. 3.1, ill.).

ARS represents the Bank of Mexico on Rivera and Kahlo’s works of art with a few exceptions. Our murals are one of the exceptions and they are in public domain when published in the United States.

Diego M. Rivera, Detroit Industry, South Wall, 1932-1933, fresco. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Edsel B. Ford, 33.10.S.