description of Frieda and Diego Rivera by Frida Kahlo

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.”

Frida Kahlo, Frieda and Diego Rivera, 1931
Frida Kahlo, Frieda and Diego Rivera, 1931; oil on canvas, 39 3/8 x 31 in. (100.01 x 78.74 cm); 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
Frida Kahlo, Frieda and Diego Rivera, 1931

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Frieda and Diego Rivera
Artist name
Frida Kahlo
Date created
1931
Classification
painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
39 3/8 x 31 in. (100.01 x 78.74 cm)
Date acquired
1936
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Albert M. Bender Collection, gift of Albert M. Bender
Copyright
© Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/36.6061
Artwork status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture Since 1900

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