By Adam Rex

I just got back from a trip to Mexico City, and while there my wife and I visited the studios of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

Frida’s first:

Note Kahlo’s actual wheelchair (from late in life) in front of the easel.

The wall-plaque said:

In this part of the house–designed by Juan O’Gorman in 1944–the artistic essence of Frida Kahlo is distilled: her brushes, her easel (a gift from Nelson Rockefeller), the mirror she used for her self-portraits, and her books…There are also perfume flasks and varnish jars which the artist used to hold her paint.  All of the materials remain exactly as she left them.  One striking feature of the studio is the painting which depicts the evolution of the human fetus, a reminder of Frida’s obsession with the maternity she was never able to achieve.

Yeah, so here’s that fetus poster they mentioned:

I was also captivated by whatever the hell this was:

Besides awesome.
Next, Diego’s set-up:

My wife thought that red canister/scale to the left of the easel was like a little cement mixer.  Thoughts?
Didn’t even understand what these were, either.  Pigment manufacturer’s samples? Does Gurney read this blog?

And there are boxes of powdered pigment, I guess?  I’d love to read opinions in the comments.