Essay: The Mural, Man at the Crossroads
In 1933, Rivera began the mural named Man at the Crossroads, for Rockefeller Center requested by the Rockefellers to be placed on the ground floor wall of the center. Nelson Rockeferra was suggesting the mural to be made by either Pablo Picasso or Henri Matisse but none was available.
Since Rivera was among the favorites of Nelson’s mother, he was commissioned to make the mural. He was given the mural’s theme, “Man at the Crossroads Looking with Hope and High Vision to the Choosing of a New and Better Future” (Rivera, 1999, p. 150) as Nelson wanted people to stop and think before they could understand the meaning of the mural.
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