Mexican Art: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

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Mexican Art:

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

Frida Kahlo was a 19th Century Mexican painter who primarily painted self-

portraits. Her portraits symbolized her pain and sexuality; and featured

vibrant colors influenced by the indigenous culture of Mexico. She married a

fellow painter, Diego Rivera, who was known for his intricate murals. Rivera

was a large influence in the Mexican mural movement and painted them all over

the world. Although the Louvre purchased one of Frida’s works in 1939, a first

for a Mexican artist, she remained relatively unknown until about 30 years after

her death when the artistic style gained popularity. Both artists are now

internationally known and revered.