5 curiosities about Frida Khalo and her work ‘Diego and I’

The painting “Diego et moi” by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo sold for nearly $ 35 million on Tuesday at the Sotheby’s auction house in New York. The work is a self-portrait of the Mexican painter with her companion Diego, with whom she had a stormy relationship for decades, as we know.

The price of the work is the highest ever at auction for a Latin American work of art. The buyer has been identified as Eduardo F. Cosantini, founder of a museum in Argentina, according to the New York Times.

Here are some curious facts about Kahlo, Diego and his work:

Frida’s style

Frida Kahlo is known for applying a popular style to her surreal self-portraits, many of which were forced to paint while lying in bed after suffering debilitating back injuries from a bus crash at the age of 18 years old.

In 1929, she married Rivera and the couple joined a sophisticated circle of intellectuals in Mexico and beyond.

The painting was a gift

The artwork “Diego and I” was painted as a gift for her New York artist friend, Florence Arquin, and her husband, Sam Williams.

Dated 1949, the painting is signed in Frida’s own handwriting as “Florence and Sam with the love of Frida. Mexico, June 1949”.

The overall size of the work is 30 by 22 centimeters, which is smaller than an ordinary school file.

The symbol of his torment

This work symbolizes the tormented relationship between Kahlo and Diego Rivera, who appears drawn on the Mexican woman’s forehead and who in turn has a third eye, an element with which she tries to represent her husband’s continued presence in her mind.

Despite the continued infidelities, Frida idolized her husband and admired him as a painter, as he was her teacher and her mentor.

The work will once again be exhibited publicly

Eduardo Costantini, new owner of the work and founder of Malba, said the work can be appreciated by the public next year.

“Of course, it will be exhibited in Malba and it will surely be in 2022,” he said in a telephone dialogue with the infobae portal.

Prior to its purchase, the painting had been in a private collection in Texas for 30 years. It was last exhibited in 1998.

Most Wanted Female Artist

With the sale of her painting for exactly $ 34.9 million, Frida moved her husband off the catwalk as the most cited Latin American author ($ 10 million in 2018 for his painting “The Rivals”) and is placed not only as the Latin American artist with the most expensive painting sold but also as the only woman.

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