Her paintings have a distinctive one-of-a-kind style. Her unibrow has become iconic. If you’ve seen her once, you’ll never confuse her with anyone else. Frida Kahlo was an extremely strong woman whose brilliant works of art were inspired by her own life-long challenges and suffering.
It seems like there was a veil of mystery around Frida ever since she was born. Even though her birth year was 1907, she changed it to 1910. And, she didn’t do it to be 3 years younger, but to have a connection to the Mexican Revolution that started in 1910 and lasted up until 1920.
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Why Frida’s peers mocked her 1:01
How Frida became one of the leaders of the Cachuchas 1:29
Terrible accident 2:04
The first Frida’s painting 2:30
The second accident was… Diego Rivera 3:00
Affair with Leon Trotsky 3:49
Why Frida sunk into depression 4:07
Her iconic paintings 5:08
What were the last days of Frida 6:13
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(In the right) In this image released by Conde Nast Mexico y Latinoamerica, the late Mexican painter Frida Kahlo appears on the cover of the Nov. 2012 supplement of Vogue Mexico. It is the first time that Kahlo graces the cover of the fashion magazine with a picture, originally taken in 1939 by the Hungarian photographer Nickolas Muray: By Conde Nast Mexico & Latinoamerica/AP/East News, https://www.eastnews.ru/pictures/picture/id/20140429/i/93/t/127
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– As a girl, she never had good health. At the age of 6, she was diagnosed with poliomyelitis. As a result of this infectious disease, Frida walked with a limp her entire life, and her legs were disproportionate – the right one was a little thinner than the left one.
– It may have been the health problems that inspired Frida to become a doctor. She entered the best high school in Mexico called La Prepatoria in Mexico City.
– At the age of 18, the future artist got into a terrible accident: she was traveling by bus, and a streetcar crashed into it. She broke her collarbone, two ribs, and her leg, crushed her foot and her shoulder was dislocated.
– But, a strong spirit like Frida couldn’t be crushed. She was unconscious for several weeks, and when she woke up, she immediately asked her father to buy her art supplies.
– Frida herself said: “There were 2 accidents in my life: one when a bus hit a tram, and the second was Diego.” She met Diego Rivera several years after the accident.
– Diego was never a good husband. 2 of his previous marriages ended because he cheated. His third marriage was not a happy exception.
– Frida became pregnant several times but all of her pregnancies ended with miscarriages because of that same unfortunate accident. Even after doctors recommended bed rest, Frida still couldn’t give birth to a healthy child, and she sunk into depression.
– In 1939, after a painful divorce with her husband, Frida Kahlo created her iconic self-portrait “The Two Fridas”. It shows the two different sides of her character, connected by a vein and holding hands.
– The artist created a total of 55 self-portraits, most of them were of herself surrounded by animals. She loved animals and had dogs, monkeys, parrots, and pigeons as pets.
– In 1953, her leg had to be amputated because of gangrene. The same year, she had a personal exhibition in Mexico which she attended on her bed.
– She felt that she would die soon, so she wrote in her diary, “I hope the exit is joyful. And I hope never to return.” Frida Kahlo finished her last work 8 days before her death.
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