Diego and I (1949)
Frida Kahlo. Frida was such an amazing, inspiring, and creative artist, all her paintings had so much meaning about events that happened in her life. “Diego and I (1949)” is all about her and her husband Diego and what their relationship was truly about. Diego and Frida’s relationship had so many levels and each so full of pain or happiness. The thing I like most about this painting is that it shows the anguish that Frida has towards Diego Rivera.
One key thing many people don’t know about Frida is that her husband cheated on her, constantly, and she knew that but still stayed with him. The significance of Frida’s painting is love and the joy and heartbreak it can cause. ...view middle of the document...
The tears are an obvious symbol for pain. The red lips and red skirt are also symbolic of pain and passion. We know that Frida loved Diego against all reason and that he was very unfaithful to her. It would seem that Diego has some sort of power over her. This may help to explain the third eye she has placed on Diegos brow. Fridas hair is wrapped around her neck suggesting that he is chocking her, restraining her. This portrait clearly displays the painful relationship Diego and Frida share. The colours have been selected to evoke meaning; such as the scarlet signifying the passion and pain the two share. The mottled green background is representative of envy Frida feels towards the other women Diego has had affairs with. Frida feels restricted in this relationship and this is seen as her hair, is wrapped around and appears to be suffocating her neck. Another aspect to look at when inspecting Frida’s artwork is the colors Kahlo's paintings are rich in bright vibrant colors. In her diary, Frida attempts to explain the meaning of the colors used in her works:
Green - good warm light
Magenta - Aztec. Old TLAPALI blood of prickly pear, the brightest and oldest
Brown - color of mole, leaves becoming earth
Yellow - madness, sickness, fear. Part of the sun and of joy
Cobalt Blue - electricity and purity love
Black - nothing is black - really nothing
Leaf Green - leaves, sadness, science, the whole of Germany is this color
Greenish Yellow - more madness and mystery…all the ghosts wear clothes of this color, or at least their underclothes
Dark Green - color of bad advertisements and good business
Navy Blue - distance….also tenderness can also be this blue
Red - blood?....well, who knows!
However, the path was not always so hard for Diego and Frida; they...