“The Two Fridas” by Frida Kahlo


Frida Kahlo

In 1939 Frida painted “The Two Fridas” shortly after getting divorced from husband Diego Rivera. In her diary Frida wrote that the paining represents an imaginary childhood friend she had but later she admitted that this was more a symbol of her separation from Rivera. The Frida on the right reprents the Frida Diego loved, simple and humble, in Tehuana costume and in her had is pendant with a childhood photo of Rivera in it. The Frida on the right is dressed in a more European fashion and represents the Frida she had evolved into, with her fame and the Frida whom Diego left. The loved Frida’s heart is whole as she had the love of Diego and from the pendant in her hand a vein is traveling to the heart of the unloved Frida who has a broken heart because she does not have Diego anymore. The rejected Frida is trying to clip off the vein so that she doesn’t dies from blood loss.

Both Fridas are holding hands which show that Frida felt very alone at that time and she had no other companion but herself. The agitated clouds could be a representation of the turmoil inside Frida that left her confused and depressed after her divorce. This painting shows all the elements mentioned in the thesis statement. It was influenced by the hardship she went through in her relationship with her husband. She felt alone and hurt just like she did when she went through her accident and the pain is somewhat similar. She tried to show the world how she felt during her separation and produced the portrait of herself that she had in mind.