Frida Kahlo: Wings to Fly

Frida Kahlo: Wings to Fly

“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” -Frida Kahlo

“Throughout the early 30s, Kahlo traveled with Diego to San Francisco, Detroit, and New York while he worked for American capitalists on large commissions with leftist themes. Kahlo, meanwhile, with Rivera’s proud encouragement, developed her craft, honed her engagingly sassy persona, and made important contacts in the social and art worlds—from the Rockefellers and Louise Nevelson (with whom Diego probably had an affair) to that other amazon of art history, Georgia O’Keeffe. Frida’s friend Lucienne Bloch remembers that Frida was “very irritated by the famous O’Keeffe” when she met her in 1933—a reaction probably provoked by competitive feelings. But Frida habitually neutralized rivals (usually Diego’s mistresses) with a disarming camaraderie, which in this instance may have flowered into a physical relationship. Art dealer Mary-Anne Martin has in her possession an unpublished letter Kahlo sent to a friend in Detroit, dated “New York: April 11, 1933,” which contains a revealing passage, sandwiched between jaunty gossip about mutual acquaintances: “O’Keeffe was in the hospital for three months, she went to Bermuda for a rest. She didn’t made [sic] love to me that time, I think on account of her weakness. Too bad. Well that’s all I can tell you until now.” -Vanity Fair

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