The Flower Carrier

The Flower Carrier
Artist Diego Rivera
Year 1935
Medium Oil
Location San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Dimensions 48 in x 47 3/4 in
121.92 cm x 121.29 cm
Diego Rivera Famous Paintings
Man, Controller of the Universe, 1934
La Mujer del Pozo, 1913
En el Arsenal, 1928
Frozen Assets, 1931
The Flower Carrier, 1935
Agrarian Leader Zapata, 1931
Complete Works

The Flower Carrier is an oil and tempera piece made on Masonite that was created by Diego Rivera in 1935. It’s part of the Albert M. Bender Collection and is on display at the SF MOMA. The painting is a symbolic portrayal of the struggles of a worker in a modern, capitalistic world.


The peasant on the ground in the painting has a large basket filled with beautiful and bright pink and purple flowers inside of it. The basket is much larger than the peasant, and it appears to be weighing him down considerably. There is a woman loading the basket onto his back, who is actually much larger than the peasant. She is wearing a purple top with a long orange pleated skirt that covers her legs completely. Behind them are leaves from bushes and the earth under them is brown. The colors of the two people and the flowers stand out completely from the background.