The Flower Carrier (1935) by Diego Rivera

The Flower Carrier - Diego Rivera - 1935

Artwork Information

TitleThe Flower Carrier
ArtistDiego Rivera
MediumOil on Masonite,tempera
Dimensions121.9 x 121.3 cm
Art MovementArt Deco
Current LocationSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art

About The Flower Carrier

The artwork in question, titled “The Flower Carrier,” was created by the renowned artist Diego Rivera in 1935. It is a genre painting, executed using oil and tempera on Masonite, a painting medium known for its durability. The artwork measures 121.9 by 121.3 centimeters and is a prime example of the Art Deco movement. It currently resides in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where it continues to attract audiences with its striking visual narrative and skillful execution.

“The Flower Carrier” depicts a scene of labor and struggle, as it illustrates an individual bent under the weight of an enormous basket filled with vibrant flowers. This central figure is clad in simple white clothing with a yellow strap crossing his chest and a hat that covers his head, casting a shadow over his bowed face. Kneeling and supporting himself with one hand on the ground, his posture conveys the exertion and physical burden of his task. The sharply defined forms, robust use of color, and the tension between human toil and the beauty of the natural product he carries are characteristic of Rivera’s work, which often sought to honor the everyday labor of Mexican people and draw attention to the social issues of his time. Through this powerful image, Rivera captures a moment that is both specific in its cultural context and universal in its themes of human labor and dignity.

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