This painting was finished in 1949 but Frida drew a primitive sketch of it in her dairy in August of 1947. In this painting, Frida expressed her feelings about love and life and death. This painting has many elements of Mexican mythology. In her arm she is holding her husband Diego Rivera like a baby. Diego has a face and body of adult man and also have a third eye in his forehead, which is a symbol for wisdom but he is depicted as a baby need to be nursed by the woman, which is Frida herself.
Both of them are holded by the Aztec Earth Mother, Cihuacoatl, which is a character in Mexican mythology and made from clay and rock. The outermost image is the Universal Mother who is holding everything and half dark, half bright.
A local journalist wrote this about Frida Kahlo: " It is impossible to separate the life and work of this extraordinary person. Her paintings are her biography." Here again in this painting, Frida presents so many elements, life, death, night, day, moon, sun, man and woman all in a recurring dichotomy.