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Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art$
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Robert W. Cherny

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040788

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040788.001.0001

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“Under Rivera’s Guidance,” 1929–1931

“Under Rivera’s Guidance,” 1929–1931

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Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art

Robert W. Cherny

University of Illinois Press

When Arnautoff’’s student visa was expiring, Stackpole arranged an introduction to Diego Rivera, and Victor, Lydia, and their two sons spent 1929-1931 in Mexico. There Arnatuoff assisted Rivera at the Cortés Palace in Cuernavaca and the National Palace in Mexico City and encountered both the PCM (Mexican Communist Party) and Rivera’s idiosyncratic version of communism. In 1930, Rivera went to San Francisco to paint murals there, leaving Arnautoff in charge at the National Palace. Ione Robinson’s letters provide information both about life in Mexico City and about Arnautoff. In 1931, the family returned to the US as permanent residents eligible for citizenship.

Keywords:   Cortés Palace mural (Cuernavaca), National Palace mural (Mexico City), Diego Rivera, Ione Robinson

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