Diego Rivera created Sunflowers in 1921. Sunflowers of Vincent van Gogh opened a door to a new evolution in decor and art. Not only did Van Gogh inspire others to paint sunflowers, but he also created a trend that would span various lifestyles and personas. Van Gogh's infamous sunflowers altered many views on color schemes, exaggerated features, and stereotypically beautiful flowers in minimalistic form.
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. Rivera lived during a time when self-consciences is openly displayed in artwork; in this piece his spoof of the Impressionist's short vibrant brush strokes is vividly displayed behind the girl in the painting.