The Art of Frida Kahlo: Realist and Overwhelming The autobiographical movie “Frida” directed by Julie Taymor and release in October, 2002. It is a realistic portrait of the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and her life’s bitterness, her political believes, and the tormented relationship with her painter husband, Diego Rivera. As a result the motive of her artworks is basically in self-portraits. Frida’s personality projects to be a liberal, passionate, independent, strong, and charming woman. She was an eminent artist in the 20th century who exposes singular exceptional thoughts ahead of her time; as a result, many people consider her as feminist although there is a little controversy about this. Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon, known as Frida Kahlo, was born July 6, 1907 in Coyoacan, Mexico City, Mexico. She died July 13, 1954 in the same place that she was born. She suffered poliomyelitis at the age of six, and at age eighteen, she was a victim of a tragic bus accident which resulted in30 surgeries that left her with constant pain and infertility. However, her strength made her replace her agony with art. While she was in bed for recovery, her mom gave her a mirror to see herself. Therefore, through her paintings, we can feel her pain and sensibility. For instance, in one self-portrait “The Broken Columns” dressed in a metal corset, she painted in a surrealistic way because she was almost naked with nails in her whole body. She is crying; perhaps, we can imagine the dimension of the pain, but she knew what the pain truly was (Sayers). Frida had been damaged for the life by illness and the bus accident, but the last injury was from Diego Rivera, her husband, who just brought emotional disturbance which lasted until her death. She loved him passionately and obsessively, so she endured his many infidelities including with her sister, Cristina. However, she also had many affairs not only with men but also with...
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