Lola Alvarez Bravo, “Frida Kahlo,” circa 1944, gelatin silver print, 10 x 8 inches. Collection Manual Alvarez B. Martinez, Mexico City; courtesy Galeria Juan Martin.
Dreamed that I was a lady artist, living la vie bohème in an isolated rural town. I was viewed as an eccentric in my small community, but generally well liked. I was having an affair with my gardener, but she wouldn’t leave her husband for me. All of my art included pictures of my dogs, deified and larger than life. I was inconsolable when one of them died suddenly, and surprisingly it was my lover’s husband in whom I sought comfort. He turned out to be a jolly sort and we soon became close friends.