The Two Fridas

The Two Fridas
Artist Frida Kahlo
Year 1939
Medium Oil on canvas
Location Museum of Modern Art Mexico City, Mexico
Dimensions 68 ¼ x 68 in
173.5 x 173 cm
Famous Paintings by Frida Kahlo
The Suicide of Dorothy Hale, 1938
Roots, 1943
The Two Fridas, 1939
The Bus, 1929
Moses, 1945
The Wounded Deer, 1946
The Broken Column, 1944
Without Hope, 1945
Complete Works

This painting is an oil on canvas which Frida Kahlo painted in 1939, just after her divorce with her husband Diego Rivera. This self-portrait shows two Fridas so as to show her two personalities. She also mentioned that the second Frida came from her imaginary friend from when she was a child, but it also emphasizes the pain she was suffering emotionally because of her divorce.

In fact, the heart of both Fridas is exposed and is connected together by a common vein that is then cut off by the surgical pincers that the Frida in the white dress is holding. The other Frida, who is wearing the traditional Mexican dress is holding an amulet with a picture of Diego.

Special Qualities

The background shows a gray, stormy sky that is meant to signify Frida’s sadness and turmoil. The two Fridas are holding each other hands, so as to signify that she is truly alone.