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today’s video is dedicated to Frida Kahlo and her love story with Diego Rivera.
This is another video on the theme of love stories in art, but the protagonist is a woman. If there is an artist who has changed the history of the art of the ‘900 throughout the world this is certainly Frida Kahlo. An artist connected to the traditions and culture of her country of origin, Mexico. But that made art his obsession. Her passion and life tell a lot about her restless soul and anxieties. Frida above all painted the reality that surrounded her.
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🎥 Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera ❤️ Love stories in the art history 🎨
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Frida Kahlo grows in the shadow of the Mexican Revolution. She was a strong supporter of social justice. But also of the complex history and culture of your country. She tells of being born in 1910, instead of 1907, to be the daughter of the Revolution.
A characteristic of her works are the references to colonial religious art. And also to the Aztec sculpture. But these are always linked to the strong themes of nature and inner emotion.
Besides being known for her personality, Frida’s face is known for self-portraits. She realizes them from the early years. Also because she is forced for some unfortunate events to stay in bed and paint.
In fact, in 1914 the parents and the family doctor think she contracted poliomyelitis but later it turns out that he suffered from a deformation of the vertebrae that attacks and damages the right leg.
It is not the only tragedy in her life that physically changes her. While she is still a student in 1925, in fact, she is the victim of a car accident on a bus that forces her to stay in bed for many years in plaster because of numerous fractures.
She decides to ask the family, to kill her time, to have brushes and canvas and a mirror and begins to represent herself and the world that surrounds her with an attention to detail and an emotional tension that are recognizable in all her works.
She is a woman who suffers physically but also mentally and then she begins to explore her emotional states and to question important themes such as the power of relationships and gender issues through her works.
The most important of the relationships she lives throughout her life is for sure the one with Diego Rivera. She first met him when she is still a student and he is a well-established artist, 20 years older than her. Starting in 1928 the two began being interested in each other. Diego is fascinated by Frida’s works and by her strong personality and the two begin their love story, until marriage in 1929.
Diego introduces Frida to the circle of Mexican artists of those years, who are also active within the Mexican Communist Party. One of Frida’s first portraits of the couple is a couple of years after the wedding and is titled: Frida and Diego Rivera. Both are standing, but he is the only one holding the brushes. She stands beside him and holds his hand.
Frida, in fact, during those years follows and supports him in every trip for his work. The most famous is the one in the United States. Rivera is commissioned to paint one of the walls of the Rockfeller Center in New York for the Chicago Expo in ’33.
Despite this mutual support, however, the story of Frida and Diego is not at all simple. He cheats on her numerous times with other women and she suffers not only for love but also because of her illness and various miscarriages.
The two even live for some time in two separate houses connected by a bridge to avoid influencing each other’s artistic activity. This obviously leads them to be more divided until divorce in 1939 due to Diego’s affair with Frida’s sister, Cristina.
The same year of the separation Frida paints my favorite work: The two Frida.
The painting tells of the sense of dualism in Frida’s soul. On one hand the push towards the West, represented on the left with a Frida dressed in white and on the other hand, Mexico on the right with a Frida wearing a typical Mexican traditional dress.
The two images are divided and united at the same time: the crossed hands join them and an artery that leaves and reaches the two hearts of Frida. The left heart, the Western heart is open, cut in half and we can see what is inside. The white dress is bleeding and dirty because one of the veins that crosses it has been cut by a pair of scissors, by Frida herself. The symbolic reference is possible linked to the Catholic representation of the image of the Sacred Heart of Mary, very common in Mexico in those years.
The right heart is intact, and connected through another artery to an object that Frida holds in her fingers. It seems to be a medallion with the image, perhaps a photograph of his love Diego Rivera, with whom she had married ten years earlier and had just divorced.
The love of Frida and Diego was made of ups and downs and he was not the only one to have other love stories during the marriage or periods of separation. Frida also seems to have had relations both with other men like the Russian politician Lev Trotsky and other women.
However, Rivera remains her greatest love and for Diego it seems to be the same, so much so that after a year of divorce in 1940 the two rest and stay together until Frida’s death.
Another of the works that tells of this love story in those years is definitely Diego in my mind. A self-portrait of Frida that is represented with the face of her husband on the forehead to show how her thoughts are always linked to him. But in my opinion also how he is part of her despite everything. In fact, in her diary Frida more than once declared that she was mainly concerned with Diego’s happiness despite the suffering of his betrayals.
The story of Frida and her works are very fascinating to me and it has certainly become a symbol of female emancipation not only as an artist but also as a woman in Mexican and Western culture. By now her representation is everywhere and the message she brings with her arrives is in my opinion strong and clear to all of us.
Her love story with Diego Rivera is one of the most important chapters of her life and one of the ways to read her works but obviously it is not the only one. However, it is indeed one of the stories of of art that I like a lot.
I love Frida and I rediscovered her thanks to some exhibitions I visited and certainly also thanks to the film that tells the story. I told you about it in my video about the 5 movies for art lovers. And what do you think of Frida and her relationship with Rivera? According to you, is she the woman artist who has upset and continues to still upset the art? Let me know in the comments below.
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