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DIEGO RIVERA: CONSTRUCTING A MYTH A THESIS IN Art and Art History Presented to the Faculty of the University of Missouri-Kansas City in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree MASTER OF ARTS by HILARY NORDHOLM B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design, 1999 Kansas City, Missouri 2011 © 2011 HILARY NORDHOLM ALL RIGHTS RESERVED iii DIEGO RIVERA: CONSTRUCTING A MYTH Hilary Nordholm, Candidate for the Master of Arts Degree University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2011 ABSTRACT Diego Rivera was a master of creating visual languages to express his ideas and beliefs. Throughout his life, he actively sought to define Mexican culture and his life through his art and his writing. Much of how he is remembered today: visionary, rebel, lover; and how Mexico is known to the world: exotic, colorful, cultural, was carefully crafted through Rivera‘s artistic efforts. Rivera created a visual identity for Mexican culture by cultivating a mythology for the nation that in many ways became synonymous ...