SAN JOSE (AFP) — A daughter of Diego Rivera criticized the Mexican art legend's famous third wife, Frida Kahlo, as a subpar painter whose work became pricey thanks to pop star Madonna's interest in it.
In a Costa Rican newspaper interview, Guadalupe Rivera, a Mexican writer and art historian, criticized Kahlo's penchant for self-portraits.
"During her life, she painted some 50 paintings, and the theme was her own image," Rivera told La Nacion newspaper in an article published Thursday. "They were repetitive; copies of one another."
"She was a perfectionist. When she was working on a painting, it would take her a long time and my father would help her so that she would finish them and sell them," she said. "I lived through this, that's why I say it."
Rivera, who was in San Jose to host a conference on her father's art at the Mexico Institute, also sought to dispel her father's image as an abusive husband to Kahlo, who died in 1954 at age 47.
"It has been said that my father made Frida suffer and I can tell you that ... Frida made my father suffer. Society today, in my opinion, is completely decadent and needs a decadent icon. Frida is the symbol of this decadence," she said.
The daughter of Diego Rivera's second wife Lupe Marin also said Kahlo's art became a top sell after Madonna bought her paintings and showed interest in making a movie about her life.
"It was enough of an actress to be interested in Frida's work for her paintings to reach the prices that they have now reached," Rivera said.
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