<p>In this simply rendered oil painting, a man and woman stand, hand-in-hand, facing us. The man, on our left, is considerably larger, and holds an unused palette and several clean brushes in his free hand. He wears brown shoes, a wide belt, and a dark suit with a blue work shirt, but no tie. He wears his dark hair slicked back, has full, closed lips, a double chin, and wears a neutral expression on his round face. Beside him, on our right, stands the woman, who is not only shorter, but smaller in scale. She wears a long green dress, a long red-orange shawl, and a ribbon in her pulled-back hair. Her head is cocked to one side, toward her companion, and she has a distinctive monobrow that dips down, like a ‘V’, at the bridge of her nose. The two figures are somewhat flat, and stand on a plain brown floor in front of an olive green wall. Above the woman, a brown bird holds a banner, adorned with cursive Spanish, in its beak. Translated into English it reads: “Here you see us, me, Frieda Kahlo, with my beloved husband, Diego Rivera. I painted these portraits in the beautiful city of San Francisco, California, for our friend Mr. Albert Bender, and it was in the month of April of the year 1931.”</p>
Frida Kahlo, Frieda and Diego Rivera, 1931

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Frieda and Diego Rivera
Artist name
Frida Kahlo
Date created
oil on canvas
39 3/8 x 31 in. (100.01 x 78.74 cm)
Date Acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Albert M. Bender Collection, gift of Albert M. Bender
© Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Permanent URL
Artwork Status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture, 1900 to Now

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