Art and Images in Psychiatry
Apr 2012

Diego Rivera's Man at the Crossroads

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2012;69(4):337-338. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2012.102

We acted very busy, aware detectives were all over the place . . . I lifted my Leica [camera] to my eyes, centering on the Lenin head. I was satisfied that at least a photo would be good. . . . [Diego] calls out . . . “Stop work! I’ve been ordered to stop because of Lenin.” I began to cry.—Lucienne Bloch, 19861

Propaganda has no place in art. Art should rise above politics and the realities of one little epoch. Art is an escape from reality. I do not agree with Mr Rivera that every art must have a political viewpoint.—Henri Matisse, New York Herald Tribune, May 24, 19342(p257)

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