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Frida Kahlo, Icon

There is no doubt that Frida Kahlo is an icon, recognized world wide for her surreal paintings. She was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyocoán, Mexico City, Mexico. Frida’s love and dedication for painting started after she suffered an accident in a bus that she was travelling in, which left her in a full body cast for several months

It seems as though Frida suffered tremendously throughout her life. She contracted polio at the young age of six, which affected her right leg. Then, as a teen, she was in a bus accident in which she suffered very severe injuries including a broken spinal column, a broken collarbone, broken pelvis, broken ribs, eleven fractures in her right leg, a crushed and dislocated right foot, and a dislocated shoulder. And if that wasn’t bad enough, an iron handrail pierced her abdomen and her uterus, rendering her ability to bear children

This bus accident affected her for her entire life, as she had to undergo as many as thirty-five operations throughout her life. Frida spent the majority of her time alone and immobile, which allowed her to express her raw emotions through her self portraits

“I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” -Frida Kahlo

“Since her death in 1954, Frida’s popularity and recognition continues to grow worldwide. Her life and art continue to inspire other artists, like Gillian Brennan, a contemporary artist who paints with acrylic on canvas. Take a look at Brennan’s beautiful rendition of Frida, titled “Kahlores.”  Playing with Frida’s last name, Kahlo and the word colores, which means colour in Spanish. You can buy this piece as well as other painting similar at Saatchi Art.”

Above: “Kahlores” by Gillian Brennan
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15 Comments

  • Reply Natalia

    Algo triste de que en mi visita al DF no me quedó mucho tiempo para ir a su museo, pero al mismo tiempo me sirve de excusa para regresar.

    March 14, 2014 at 5:48 pm
    • Reply Nina Gonzalez

      Si Natalia, tienes que regresar y visitor La Casa Azul. Es algo incredible!! 🙂

      March 16, 2014 at 11:53 pm
  • Reply Maybelline @ Naturalmente Mamá

    Her story is fascinating. I cannot even imagine the pain she had to endure and yet she found the strength to keep going and express herself using art. Remarkable!

    March 14, 2014 at 6:29 pm
    • Reply Nina Gonzalez

      I totally agree, she was a very strong, determined woman.

      March 16, 2014 at 11:54 pm
  • Reply Romina Tibytt

    Frida es apasionante!!

    March 15, 2014 at 10:12 am
  • Reply Desirée

    Muchas gracias por la info!

    March 16, 2014 at 3:42 am
  • Reply Cristina

    Sus obras son espectaculares. Tremendo legado que nos ha dejado.

    March 16, 2014 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Karina Fernández @consaborakafe

    Una mujer admirable.

    March 16, 2014 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Helena

    Thank you for sharing! The painting is gorgeous…now I want it 🙂

    March 16, 2014 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Adriana- Hogar-Mujer

    Sin dudas una mujer fuerte que sirve de mucha inspiración, gracias por compartir acerca de su historia.

    March 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm
  • Reply Adriana Martin

    Frida era una mujer muy atormentada pero con mucho talento. No fue reconocida en su tiempo pero seguramente si ahora viviera estaría feliz de tanto fervor que ahora la gente tiene por su imagen y su legado artístico.

    March 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply Teresa Garza

    Wow.. que impresionantes sus palabras. A mi también me encantaría visitar el Museo… Y como dice Adriana a mi me apena que no resconozcamos el talento de las personas hasta que se van….

    March 16, 2014 at 11:35 pm
  • Reply Veronica Cervera

    Muy lindo post. Admiro mucho a Frida y me encanta su obra.
    Yo tampoco he podido ir al museo en mis visitas al DF. La vez que fui más cerca estaba cerrado. Eso sí, me comí unos churros en la esquina diagonal a la casa de ella, que son los más ricos que he probado en mi vida.
    Linda semana y abrazos.

    March 17, 2014 at 8:13 am
  • Reply Diana Rodriguez - Entre Compras y El Hogar

    Una mujer para admirar!

    March 17, 2014 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Oriana @mommyhoodsdiary

    Frida una mujer intensa!! Me encantaría conocer más de ella y sus obras y sin duda alguna visitar el museo en el DF. Gracias por compartir!

    March 19, 2014 at 6:59 am
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