A Communist should have largeness of mind and he should be staunch and active, looking upon the interests of the revolution as his very life and subordinating his personal interests to those of the revolution; always and everywhere he should adhere to principle and wage a tireless struggle against all incorrect ideas and actions, so as to consolidate the collective life of the Party and strengthen the ties between the Party and the masses; he should be more concerned about the Party and the masses than about any private person, and more concerned about others than about himself. Only thus can he be considered a Communist.
The Mexican Revolution generated a cultural renaissance for the country’s indigenous roots, a new appreciation for cultural rituals in the working classes and a repositioning in visual arts away from European standards in search for the Mexican identity across time.
In 1921 Diego Rivera returned to Mexico after years in Spain and France, to lead the Mexican Muralist movement, already started in public schools and government buildings. One of the commissions was at the Public Education Ministry in Mexico City in 1923. Rivera envisioned three large segments dedicated to popular festivities in Mexico, one of which was the Day of the Dead. Rivera’s frescoes set the trend for the incorporation of the Día de Muertos into the visual arts.