Two Nudes in the Forest, 1939 by Frida Kahlo

Two Nudes in a Forest, 1939 by Frida Kahlo
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The painting was originally entitled "The Earth Itself" and was a gift Frida Kahlo gave to her intimate girlfriend, Mexican movie star Dolores del Rio.

This painting was auctioned by Sotheby's in 1989 and was estimated with a bidding price of $120,000 - $160,000. At the end, it was sold to Mary Anne Martin, the owner of a New York Art Gallery that specialized in Latin American Art. The pop star Madonna was trying to acquire this painting but was outbid.

Frida never tried to hide her bisexuality, even from her husband Diego Rivera. This painting revealed her ambivalent sexuality. Two naked women were sitting in the background of the forest. The light-skinned woman rests her head on another dark-skinned woman's lap. And in the background, this scene is being watched by a monkey, which is a symbol of devil and sin traditionally. Others said this painting is not sexual at all but shows two aspects of Frida's duality: the European and the Mexican Indian, the comforter, and the one being comforted. These two nude figures depicted in this painting also appeared in Frida's other painting What the Water Gave Me.