In this painting by Frida and Diego, the artist wanted to record the ups and downs that her marriage to Diego suffered. She drew this painting as a wedding portrait and it was completed two years later. Frida adopts a rigid stance based on the influence of certain 19th century painters such as José María Estrada, who was also influenced by her husband Diego. You can also see a pigeon with a strip on its snout with a message:
Here you see us, Frieda Kahlo, with my dear husband Diego Rivera. I painted these pictures in the charming city of San Francisco California for our colleague Mr. Albert Bender, and it was in April 1931. “
While painting this portrait, her husband Diego had an extramarital relationship with the athlete and tennis player Helen Wills.
Frida even commented that being Diego’s wife was wonderful and that she let him play marriage with other women. He also added that Diego was nobody’s husband and never would be, but he was an excellent life partner.