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Frida Kahlo painted this image of ambivalence and heartache at the time of her divorce from the love of her life, her "Frog Prince" Diego Rivera.

She once said that she suffered two great accidents in her life. One was when a street accident left her with a broken back, fractured pelvis, and crushed foot, leading to a lifetime of surgeries and physical pain. The other was Diego, her devoted but philandering husband.

The Frida on the right dressed in traditional Mexican dress holds a tiny portrait of Diego in her hand. Her heart is whole. The Frida on the left has a ruptured heart. She is trying to stop the hemorrhaging.

Within a year, they had remarried. Both continued having affairs.

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The Two Fridas (Las dos Fridas in Spanish) is an oil painting by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The painting was the first large-scale work done by Kahlo and is considered one of her most notable paintings. It is a double self-portrait, depicting two versions of Kahlo seated together. One is wearing a white European-style Victorian dress while the other is wearing a traditional Tehuana dress. The painting is housed at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City.

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