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The life and times of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
Art Gallery of NSW education curator Josephine Touma gives an introduction to the exhibition 'Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection’
Image credit: 'The love embrace of the universe, the Earth (Mexico), Diego, me and Señor Xólotl’, 1949. The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art © 2016 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico DF
Frida Kahlo 1907 - 1954
Frida Kahlo is one of the most adored artists of our time. Her auto-biographical paintings were a new approach to exploring female experience that would influence generations of women artists. When young she was in an accident that defined her life and art. Recovering from a broken spine, pierced womb and multiple other injuries, she began to paint. Today she is a national treasure in Mexico, and an icon throughout the world.
Image: Bernard Sliberstein, 'Frida with flowers in her hair’, c1940
To our Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera competition winner Loretta O’Neill from NSW
Frida’s self-portraits: identity and style
Juan Guzmán, 'Frida with two birds’, c1940s
Diego Rivera 1886 - 1957
One of the greats of post-revolutionary Mexican art, Diego Rivera helped define our understanding of modern Mexico. He was an avant-garde painter in pre-WWI Paris, friends with Picasso, Modigliani and Mondrian. When back home he became a leading communist figure and worked tirelessly over decades making murals that represented and educated the people of Mexico; monumental images that matched his powerful personality.
Image: Frida Kahlo 'Portrait of Diego’, 1937
Courtesy of George Eastman House,
International Museum of Photography and Film;
© Nickolas Muray Photo Archives
The making of the artists: Frida and Diego’s artistic connections
Frida Kahlo, 'The bride who becomes frightened when she sees life opened’, 1943