Woman of the Week: Frida Kahlo in the Detroit News

Woman of the Week: Frida Kahlo in the Detroit News

This week’s selection: Frida Kahlo depicted as “gleefully” dabbling in art.

Why we love it: Look, to say we love it might be a slight misdirection. That said, in 1933, Florence Davies profiled Kahlo for the Detroit News with the hook that the 25-year-old wife of Diego Rivera (who was creating his “Detroit Industry” murals at the time) also happened to demonstrate a talent for painting. The piece, despite running with the unfortunate headline “Wife of the Master Mural Painter Gleefully Dabbles in Works of Art,” includes winning quotes from Kahlo like, for example, “Of course, [Rivera] does pretty well for a little boy, but it is I am who am the big artist,” demonstrating Kahlo’s wit and confidence in her ability. Plus, the clip (and its infuriating headline) reminds us that the struggle for representation within the arts field is long-fought and ever-evolving, even for the Fridas out there.

Article from the Detroit News.
Portrait of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, 1932. Photo by Carl Van Vechten.
Frida Kahlo standing next to an agave plant, during a photo shoot for Vogue, “Senoras of Mexico.” Photo by Toni Frissell.