Everybody knows Frida Kahlo, a talented painter and also a big activist. She is one of the most popular artists in the world and has huge fans from all over the world. Do you think you know all the details to this amazing woman’s life? Let’s see.
She was born in the “Blue House (La Casa Azul)” where is the “Frida Kahlo Museum” now
Frida Kahlo, whose original name is “Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon”, was born and died in the “Blue House” in Coyoacan – Mexico City, where is transformed into the museum of her in 1958 by her husband Diego Rivera’s will.
The Frida Kahlo Museum is now the most popular museum in Mexico by including Kahlo’s birth in 1907, her childhood and older years, the memories she had during her marriage with Diego Rivera, and unfortunately is the house she died in 1954.
“I paint myself because I am the subject I know best”
Kahlo started painting on her own in the recovery process after the tragic bus accident she had in 1925. The first painting was her own portrait and it took her 1 year to start and finish. According to Frida Kahlo’s total paintings, it is shown that one third of her paintings are self-portraits. Her words are proving why she did this way, “I paint myself because I am so often alone and I am the subject I know best”.
In the recovery time, painting was the best to kill time and to forget about the pain and also to improve her skills, that is why she kept contributing a lot on her works by adding realistic and surrealistic components. The accident affected her both physiologically and psychologically, and it was definitely reflected on her art. She painted the parts of her body while she was having pain inside (spinal column, collarbone, ribs and pelvis). As an example, in her painting “Henry Ford Hospital”, she drew herself lying on a hospital bed naked and her body was connected with a fetus, a flower, a pelvis, a snail by veins.
Against the doctor, she visited her exhibition in ambulance
There is a truth about Frida Kahlo, before the year she died, she was about to have her first solo exhibition in Mexico. She was supposed to get rest but she thought she should not miss, that is why she rejected her doctor’ idea and arrived to the Galería Arte Contemporaneo in an ambulance and was carried on a stretcher to the bed.
Not only health but also marriage
The pain Kahlo was facing was not only because of the accident, her marriage with Rivera also affected her badly. They got married in 1929 and divorced in 1939, after one year they remarried. And Kahlo painted their relationship in her works “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, The Two Fridas and The Love Embrace of the Universe”. Just because Frida Kahlo’s uterus was damaged during the accident, she was not able to have children and this was another reason for her to feel depressed.