Freda Kahlo was born in Coyoacan, Mexico on July 6th, 1907. She was the third daughter of Guillermo Kahlo and Matilde Calderon. In 1913 Frida suffered of a poliomyelitis attack that affected her right leg. In 1922 she began her studies in the National Preparatory School. At that time she observed Diego Rivera painting his mural “La Creacion” (The Creation). In 1926 Freda was in a terrible accident traveling in a bus which collided with a car, leading a tube to cross the hip into sex organs which resulted in a triple fracture of the pelvis, preventing her from having children. Some may say that this moment marked Frida Kahlo for the rest of her life “At many moments the origin of the tragedy reflected in her artistic work.
During her recuperation she began to paint her first works consisting of dark pictures of rigid and conventional forms. Later already with Diego Rivera, she has perfected her pictorial technique. In 1929 Frida at the age of 22 years and Diego 43 years old they both decided to get married. Frida and Diego’s relationship survived various infidelities, the pressures of careers, divorce, remarriage, Frida’s bi - sexual affairs, her poor health and her inability to have children.
Throughout Fridas lifetime she had created about 200 paintings, drawings, and sketches all related to her experiences in life, physical emotional pain and her turbulent relationship with Diego. Frida was in-particular famous for her self-portrait paintings because she claimed that she was so often alone and the one subject that she knows best. Frida was deeply influenced by Mexican culture, which is apparent in her use of bright colors and dramatic symbolism. She frequently included the symbolic monkey. In Mexican mythology monkeys are symbols of lust, yet Frida portrayed them as “tender” and “protective.” Christian and Jewish themes are often depicted in her work as well, she would combined elements of the classic religious Mexican tradition with surrealist renderings....
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