In this four foot square oil painting, a man leans forward on his hands and knees as a woman helps secure a large basket of purple flowers to his back. The man, dressed in white pants and a white shirt, with sandals on his feet and a straw hat covering his face, occupies our lower left with his arms straight and his hands and knees on the bare ground. On his back, tied in place with a long yellow scarf, is an enormous woven basket, piled high with a perfect mound of soft purple flowers. At our right, a heavyset woman with a rust-colored skirt and mottled blue and violet shawl leans forward to help him with the basket. The background is filled with green, almond shaped leaves, rendered with the same soft, feathery brushstrokes as the Mexican couple in the foreground.
Diego Rivera
The Flower Carrier, 1935

Artwork Info

Artwork title
The Flower Carrier
Artist name
Diego Rivera
Date created
oil and tempera on masonite
48 in. x 47 3/4 in. (121.92 cm x 121.29 cm)
Date Acquired
Collection SFMOMA
SFMOMA, Albert M. Bender Collection, gift of Albert M. Bender in memory of Caroline Walter
© Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Permanent URL
Artwork Status
On view on floor 2 as part of Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925-1945.

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