Intense cobalt blue saturates the walls of Frida Kahlo’s house in Mexico City’s Coyoacan neighborhood. She wrote in her diary that the color represented electricity, purity, and love, and fans of the artist will recognize this same deep azure tone from her idiosyncratic oil paintings. This particular color so entranced Frida that she named the home where she was born, lived, and died “La Casa Azul” – The Blue House in Spanish. She believed that cobalt blue offered protection from evil spirits.
In this photo of the Calle Londres façade of Casa Azul, one of Frida’s dark, penetrating eyes stares out from a black and white poster of the artist. I framed the picture to catch both her intense gaze and the play of the late afternoon sun on the adjacent blue wall.