Her paintings attracted the attention of fellow artist
Diego Rivera, whom she later married.
They were often
referred to as "The
Elephant and the
due to their difference in size (Frida's mother, who did not
like Diego, came up with this description of them). When they
first married, he was 42, 6 ft 1 in. (1.86 m) tall, and 300
pounds (136 kg); she was 22, 5 ft 3 in. (1.6 m) and 98 pounds
Their marriage was a stormy one, largely due to Diego's
weakness for extramarital flings. Their notoriously fiery
temperaments also played a part in the storminess, and both had
numerous extramarital affairs (Frida was outraged when she found
that Diego had an affair with her younger sister, Cristina Kahlo).
Frida did not hide from Diego the fact that she was
bisexual; Diego tolerated her relationships with women (among
Josephine Baker) better than her relationships with men,
which made him fiercely jealous. The couple divorced, but
remarried in 1940, although their union was no less rocky.
Communist sympathizers, Kahlo and Rivera
Leon Trotsky as he sought political asylum
Joseph Stalin´s regime in
The Soviet Union. Initially, Trotsky lived
with Rivera and then at Frida's home where he
and Frida allegedly had an affair. Trotsky and
his wife then moved to another house in
Coyoacán where Trotsky was later
assassinated. Sometime after Trotsky's death,
Frida denounced her former friend and praised
the Soviet Union under Stalin. She spoke
China "the new socialist hope".
1954, supposedly of a
pulmonary embolism. She had been ill
throughout the previous year and had had a leg
amputated owing to
gangrene. However, an
autopsy was never performed and many are
convinced she committed
suicide. A few days before her death she had
written in her diary: "I hope the leaving is
joyful; and I hope never to return."
The pre-Columbian urn holding her ashes is on
display in her former blue home La Casa Azul
in Coyoacán, today a museum housing a number of
her works of art.
Despite her life of suffering and pain, Frida
Kahlo was a vibrant, extroverted character whose
everyday speech was filled with
profanities. She had been a
tomboy in her youth and carried her fervor
throughout her life. She was a heavy smoker,
liquor (especially tequila) in excess, was
openly bisexual, sang off-color songs, and told
ribald jokes to the guests of the wild
parties that she hosted.