The Bride Frightened at Seeing Life Opened, (1943)

Date June 4, 2008 at 10:00 PM

Publication THE magazine

Categories Health & Beauty


It was Frida Kahlo that gave the Blue House-where she and Diego Rivera lived in Coyoacan, Mexico-its unique personality. Each day, Kahlo met with the staff to discuss the day-to-day business of running the kitchen. The stove in the kitchen was decorated in white, blue, and yellow tiles, and the entwined names of Frida and Diego were spelled out in tiny earthenware jugs on the rear wall. Above the stove hung earthenware pots from Oaxaca, copper kettles from Santa Clara, glasses, cups, and pitchers from Guadalajara and Guanajuato. One day after unpacking fruits and vegetables from the Melchor Ocampo market, Kahlo exclaimed to a friend, "Look at this watermelon. It's an amazing fruit. On the outside, it's a wonderful green color, but on the inside, there's this strong and elegant red and white. The pitaya is bright red, like a pomegranate sprinkled with black dots. Then there's the pitahaya, which is fuchsia on the outside and a whitish-gray pulp flecked with little black spots that are its seeds inside. This is a wonder! Fruits are like flowers: they speak to us in a provocative language and teach us things that are hidden."€ In the 1943 painting, The Bride Frightened at Seeing Life Opened, the freshness of the watermelon, the seedy core of the papaya, and the owl's staring eyes speak to the openness and liveliness of Kahlo's spirit.