1933 Article Describes Frida Kahlo’s Art as “Gleeful Dabbling”


You might have heard of Frida Kahlo — the incredibly famous surrealist painter. Sorry, I mean the “cheeky, but adoring wife” of the also famous Diego Rivera (both of whom have works on display at the Oakland Museum of California’s Fertile Ground exhibition). In this 1933 article by Florence Davies from The Detroit News, which is part of a Detroit Institute of Arts exhibition on the couple, Davies describes Kahlo in the way a pick-up artist might — praising her style as “skillful and beautiful” and then negging her “foolish little ruffled apron.”

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Frida takes the casual sexism in stride. When Davies asks if Diego taught her to paint, Frida replies: “’No, I didn’t study with Diego. I didn’t study with anyone. I just started to paint.’” Davies then interjects that Frida’s “eyes begin to twinkle” as she continues, “’Of course, he does pretty well for a little boy, but it is I who am the big artist.’”

Oh Frida, you talented, foolishly aproned wife of a master painter! Dabble on.
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