By Deborah Van Hoewyk
On December 8, 1886, he was born.
On July 6, 1907, when he was 20, she was born.
In 1914, as World War I began, when he was 27, painting and studying in France, and she was 7, she contracted polio.
In 1922 in Mexico City, when he was 37 and painting his mural La Creación in the Simon Bolivar auditorium at the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria, and she was 15 and a student studying medicine there, she saw him.
On September 17, 1925, in Mexico City, when he was 38 and she was 18, she was badly injured in a bus accident. During her convalescence, she began to paint.
In 1928, when he was 42 and she was 21, their paths crossed at a party thrown by the Italian photographer Tina Modotti.
On August 21, 1929, when he was 42 and she was 22, they married. Her mother didn’t think much of the relationship, calling them “the elephant and the dove.”
On November 6, 1939, when he was 52 and she was 32, they divorced.
On December 8, 1940, his 54th birthday, and she was 33, they remarried.
On July 13, 1954, when he was 65 and she was 47, she died.
On November 24, 1957, when he was 70, he died in his studio of heart failure. Continue reading Frida & Diego: Mexico’s Most Open Marriage?