Discussion Questions: Diego Rivera’s The Flower Carrier

Diego Rivera, The Flower Carrier, 1935; collection 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; photo: Ben Blackwell

  1. What is going on in this painting? What do you see that makes you say that?
  2. Does anything you see happening here remind you of another story you know? If yes, what is that story, and what do you see in the artwork that reminds you of it?
  3. Use all of your senses to describe the place shown in this artwork. What does it sound like, smell like, look like, and feel like?
  4. If these two figures began to speak, what do you think they would say? What do you see that makes you say that?
  5. What do you think might happen next, after the moment depicted?

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