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The Flower Vendor (Girl with Lilies), 1941

Diego Rivera

Mexican, 1886-1957
Oil on masonite
48 x 48 in. (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr. Cary Grant
P.1980.2.3
© 2012 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Rivera entered art school at a very young age and moved to Europe in 1907. There he was deeply affected by the great Italian muralists and contemporary French painters. Returning home in 1921, he became a painter of murals, and over the next several years the direction of Mexican art changed dramatically under his leadership. During the 1930s, Rivera painted a number of large murals in the United States and had a major influence on American art, as the federal government began to fund the painting of large murals in public buildings. The theme of a flower vendor, dwarfed by a massive display of flowers, was one that Rivera painted many times.

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