Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Portrait of a complex marriage

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Portrait of a complex marriage

Mexican performers Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera painted each other for 25 years: those works provide us with an understanding of their relationship, argues Kelly Grovier.

  • By Kelly Grovier

4 December 2017

Observed side-by-side in photographs, they hit a very nearly comic pose: their girth dwarfing her petite framework. If they married, her moms and dads called them ‘the elephant’ and ‘the dove’. He had been the older, celebrated master of frescoes whom helped renew an ancient Mayan tradition that is mural and provided a vivid artistic sound to indigenous Mexican labourers seeking social equality after centuries of colonial oppression. (suite…)

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