Nature Studies: Paintings by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Celebrate Botanical Beauty

An exhibition of paintings at Atlanta's High Museum showcases this artist couple's reverence for the natural world.
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Photo By: Image courtesy of the Museo Dolores Olmedo, Xochimilco, México

Photo By: Image courtesy of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art

Photo By: Image courtesy of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art

Photo By: Image courtesy of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art

Photo By: Image courtesy of Museum Dolores Olmedo, Xochimilco, México

Photo By: Image courtesy of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art

Famed Botanist Luther Burbank

Horticulturalist Luther Burbank developed more than 800 strains of plants during his lifetime, among them the Idaho potato, the Shasta daisy and elephant garlic. He was honored in this 1931 painting by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

"Sunflowers" by Diego Rivera

Plants and flowers often serve as the atmospheric backdrop to Diego Rivera's paintings, as in this 1943 work "Sunflowers."

Diego Rivera's "Portrait of Natasha Gelman"

Diego Rivera painted art benefactor Natasha Gelman against a backdrop of calla lilies in this 1943 portrait. Rivera often painted calla lilies for their sensuality, sculptural qualities and associations with the productivity of Mexico's working classes.

"Calla Lily Vendor" by Diego Rivera

Mexican artist Diego Rivera, best known for his murals, often celebrated the beauty of nature, as in this 1943 portrait of a Mexican vendor selling calla lilies.

"The Watermelons" by Diego Rivera

Mexican artist Diego Rivera often celebrated the natural world as in this still life of watermelons painted in 1957.

Frida Kahlo's "Self-Portrait With Monkeys"

Both flora and fauna are featured prominently in Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's work, including this 1943 self-portrait.