From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Trotsky in art
Trotsky was admired by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, the husband of Frida Kahlo. Rivera twice painted Trotsky's face as part of a montage of Communist figures, in Communist Unity Panel (1933) and again in Man at the Crossroads (1933). After the destruction of the latter, it was re-created as Man, Controller of the Universe (1934).
Trotsky's death was dramatized in the 1972 film The Assassination of Trotsky, directed by Joseph Losey and starring Richard Burton as Trotsky. It was also the subject of a 1993 short play, "Variations on the Death of Trotsky", written by David Ives. In the 2002 film Frida, Trotsky was portrayed by Geoffrey Rush.