There’s nothing “typical” about Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s love story, and perhaps that’s what makes it so romantic. Both of them were Mexican artists: Rivera helped establish the mural movement in their country, while Kahlo was most famous for her self-portraits.
The duo met when Kahlo was an art student looking for advice from an older, more accomplished painter. Her search led her to Rivera, a muralist 20 years her senior. Their love wasn’t always steady and easy, but it was always interesting. The duo divorced in 1939 and remarried a year later and was famous for its many fights and infidelities.
Colored by beautiful scenery, monkeys, communism, and countless paintings, here’s a look at Kahlo and Rivera’s love story through the years: