Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo (center), Diego Rivera (right), and an unidentified companion (left) at the New Workers' School in New York. 1933. Photograph by Lucienne Bloch. Courtesy Old Stage Studios, Gualala, California

Frida Kahlo, Rivera’s third wife, was a highly accomplished artist in her own right. In the 1930s, she became associated with Surrealism and was actively championed by the movement’s leader, André Breton. Kahlo consistently resisted the label, arguing that her paintings were not based on fantasy or dreams but instead grounded in personal experience. The vicissitudes of her relationship with Rivera were a frequent subject of Kahlo’s paintings.