Ironically, Frida Kahlo is probably as, if not more, famous today than Diego Rivera. During the thirties, however, Rivera received more critcal acclaim for his work than Kahlo did for hers. Despite this neglect of her work, Kahlo accompanied Rivera when he visited the United States, and contributed to the "spectacle" created by Rivera. In his daybook, famous photographer Edward Weston described Frida: "She shows no trace of her father's German blood. Dressed in Indian costume, including sandals, she's a sensation in the streets of San Francisco."

The background image on this page is a sheet of 2001 U.S. Postal Service stamps.


Top Left: Kahlo and Rivera enjoying a day in the park.

Top Right: "Self Potrait", Kahlo, Detroit 1932.

Above: "Henry Ford Hospital", Kahlo, Detroit 1932.


Kahlo, missing Mexico, often complained about "Gringolandia". She especially disliked Detroit. While she was there, she suffered a miscarriage and her mother passed away. In the paintings Kahlo created while she was in Detroit, she depicted technology as the cold antithesis to the colors and livliness of Mexico.