Monday, March 21, 2011

Diego and I

Frida Kahlo (1949), oil on masonite

Diego and I is an undeniable representation of Frida Kahlo’s complicated relationship with Diego Rivera. Although Diego had been expectedly promiscuous in the past, an affair with her sister, Cristina, was too much for Frida to bear. Based on this painting, it seems as if Diego had some sort of power over her (as showed by the third eye). Furthermore, Frida’s hair is wrapped around her neck suggesting that he is restraining or suppressing her. Even the red and scarlet colors convey the passion and pain that the couple shared. It is very unfortunate that she loved him unconditionally yet he remained unfaithful to her—even though loyalty was the only thing she desired.

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