The longtime love affair between artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera was the definition of torrid, yet there were also moments of tenderness and a deep well of emotion that kept them together. The video shows the two iconic artists kissing and embracing each other at their Blue House in Mexico City.
“Nobody will ever know how much I love Diego,” Kahlo wrote about her love for Rivera in her diary. “I don’t want anything to hurt him, nothing to bother him and rob him of the energy he needs for living — for living as he likes, for painting, seeing, loving, eating, sleeping, being by himself, being with someone. But I’d never want him to be sad. If I had good health, I’d give him all of it. If I had youth, he could take it all.”
According to Messy Nessy Chic, the footage was shot by Frida’s friend, confidante and lover, Hungarian photographer Nickolas Muray, one of the most highly acclaimed photographers of his day and a pioneer of color photography. Kahlo’s on-again off-again relationship with Muray lasted ten years and he was considered one of the most significant men in her life aside from Diego.
It’s unknown whether they were carrying on their affair when this footage was shot, but no doubt one of Diego’s extra curricular fancies wouldn’t have been too far away either.