The Wednesday Painting – Frieda and Diego Rivera (1931) by Frieda Kahlo

Kahlo

This week’s Wednesday painting is Mexican painter Frieda Kahlo’s Frieda and Diego Rivera.

Frieda and Diego Rivera by Frieda Kahlo

Frieda and Diego Rivera by Frieda Kahlo

Medium: oil on canvas

Dimensions: 39 3/8 in. x 31 in. (100.01 cm x 78.74 cm)

Initially Diego Rivera (1886-1957) was the big celebrity in this painting, but of course Frieda (1907-1954) has gone on to become somewhat of a superstar in the art world. It is well-known that Kahlo suffered with chronic pain throughout her life as a result of contracting polio as a child and from being in a severe bus crash when she was eighteen.

His retrospective at the young Museum of Modern Art was only the institution’s second devoted to a single figure. The first was Matisse. His wife, 25, was a brash near-unknown. The two had ejected themselves from the Mexican Communist Party in 1929, but were still celebrity radicals, given to blustery anti-capitalist talk and mercurial symbolic gestures… As he had been everywhere he went on his US tour, Rivera was wined and dined in Detroit. ArtNet

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