Diego and I by Frida Kahlo

In her self-portraits Kahlo explored and represented her identity by evoking personal experiences, and particularly her permanent fight against chronic pain and emotional anxiety.

Diego and I (1949) by Frida KahloMALBA – Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires

Diego y yo was the last self-portrait bust Frida Kahlo paint

In her face, on the glabella, there is the shape of a third eye where Diego Rivera’s image comes out, and from it, another third eye appears.

The couple had met in 1922; by 1928 their romance began, and married the following year.

In this work, the fusion of both figures and the tears rolling down Frida’s cheekbones refer to the turbulent and passionate relationship they had for many decades

Dualism, a frequent theme in her production linked to her personal experiences and human and universal dialectic—body and mind, sun and moon, life and death—emerges here in the contrast between Frida and Diego’s image, which alludes to the feminine and masculine. 

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