This painting, a large-format oil executed by Rivera in 1931 exclusively for his retrospective exhibition in New York City, is a clear reminiscence of the Mexican subject matter in the painter’s work. It shows the traditional symbol of Xochimilco: a trajinera, or pleasure boat, seen from the front. Both the human figures and the boat are composed in a geometrical style that synthesizes the figurative elements, while the colors are bold and bright, arranged to mark sharp yet harmonious contrasts.


  • Title: The Flowered Canoe
  • Creator: Diego Rivera
  • Date Created: 1931, 1931
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Physical Dimensions: 201.5x160cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Banco de México. Fiduciario en el Fideicomiso relativo a los Museos Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas

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