Lessons in writing a love letter from Frida Kahlo

Truth is, so great, that I wouldn’t like to speak, or sleep, or listen, or love. To feel myself trapped, with no fear of blood, outside time and magic, within your own fear, and your great anguish, and within the very beating of your heart. All this madness, if I asked it of you, I know, in your silence, there would be only confusion. I ask you for violence, in the nonsense, and you, you give me grace, your light and your warmth. I’d like to paint you, but there are no colors, because there are so many, in my confusion, the tangible form of my great love.



The relationship between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera was tumultuous, passionate, fraught with affairs, and yet they came back to each other time after time. Her feelings throughout their 27 year relationship can be found in The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait. Copies of letters show a range of feelings including adoration, affection, and an affinity for being with a fellow artist who understands her core.

Frida Kahlo was an artist who felt deeply, a sense that one gets from her paintings as well as her writing. Here is a small sample of some of her most adoring love letters to Rivera (if you need some inspiration, follow her lead).


“My Diego:

Mirror of the night

Your eyes green swords inside my flesh. waves between our hands.

All of you in a space full of sounds — in the shade and in the light. You were called AUXOCHROME the one who captures color. I CHROMOPHORE — the one who gives color.

You are all the combinations of numbers. life. My wish is to understand lines form shades movement. You fulfill and I receive. Your word travels the entirety of space and reaches my cells which are my stars then goes to yours which are my light.”




















“It’s not love, or tenderness, or affection, it’s life itself, my life, that I found what I saw it in your hands, in your month and in your breasts. I have the taste of almonds from your lips in my mouth. Our worlds have never gone outside. Only one mountain can know the core of another mountain.”


Make sure to write your love and tell them about the depth of your feelings (we encourage learning from Kahlo’s examples). Need a card? Art Restart has you covered. On our website, visit Shop then Pick 6 Sets or All Greeting Cards.

Want to know more about the writings of Frida Kahlo? Check out the book The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait and articles on Artsy and Brain Pickings.



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