Flower Day (Día de Flores)

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Flower Day (Día de Flores)

Mexico, 1925
Paintings
Oil on canvas
58 × 47 1/2 in. (147.32 × 120.65 cm)
Los Angeles County Fund (25.7.1)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

Throughout his career, Diego Rivera created numerous easel paintings and watercolors representing the indigenous peoples of Mexico....
Throughout his career, Diego Rivera created numerous easel paintings and watercolors representing the indigenous peoples of Mexico. Flower Day (Día de flores) is his earliest and most accomplished depiction of a seller of calla lilies. The unusual perspective of the flowers, which are seen from above, and the blocklike forms of the figures are stylistic devices derived from Rivera's earlier cubist paintings. Flower Day (Día de flores) is Rivera's first major painting to enter a public collection in the United States. It was acquired by the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art (LACMA's parent institution) after winning first prize in the First Pan-American Exhibition of Oil Paintings (1925).

Ilona Katzew, 2008
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Bibliography

  • Donahue, Kenneth. Los Angeles County Museum of Art Handbook. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1977.
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art Members' Calendar 1991. vol. 28-29, no. 12-1 (December, 1990-January, 1992).
  • Donahue, Kenneth. Los Angeles County Museum of Art Handbook. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1977.
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art Members' Calendar 1991. vol. 28-29, no. 12-1 (December, 1990-January, 1992).
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  New York: Thames and Hudson, 2003.
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Exhibition history

  • Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa—Art and Film Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, September 22, 2013 - February 2, 2014