A departure from many of Rivera’s other paintings, Sunflowers is a dark, erotic portrait. Centering around an anonymous nude woman kneeling on the ground, we are denied access to her face as she leans in towards the large bunch of sunflowers in the corner. “Rivera was influenced strongly by Van Gogh, but also portrayed his personal political message in his art. His paintings offer a lot of social commentary about the time period, and involve turbulent expressions of anti-establishment views. This particular painting is a possible parody of Euro-centrist art establishment.”

Creator: Diego Rivera

Date: 1943

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