Diego Rivera, Frida’s beloved husband, encouraged her to start the plan to paint the main events of her life in a succession of images. This painting is the first on your list. She commented that this painting is about “… how I imagined I was born.” And in her diary, Frida said that this painting represents that she was giving birth to herself. In this painting, Frida’s head, which is terribly large, comes out of her mother’s belly. There is a pool of blood below the mother’s body that could be a glimpse of Frida’s own maturity with the recent miscarriage. A cloth covers the face of the superior, which could be from the recent event of the death of Frida’s mother. Above the bunk of birth, an image of the crying “Virgin of Sorrows” hangs above. The Virgin watches crying with lament and beauty, however it seems that she cannot originate anything about it.
Although this painting was painted to the taste of an “altarpiece votive offer”, there was nothing written on the open parchment at the bottom. Perhaps you felt that you cannot rate how you feel about a woman in labor. This image may even have been influenced by a 16th century sculpture of the Aztec goddess Tlazoltéotl giving birth to an elderly warrior. A curious fact is that this painting was collected by the singer and pop artist Madonna. In a question talk with Vanity Fair, Madonna said that she used this painting to proclaim who is her friend and who is not. “If someone doesn’t like this painting,” said Madonna, “then I know it can’t be my friend.”