Among the most well known and influential artists of Mexico stands out the crippled soul and the crippled body with an amazing talent - Frida Kahlo. This talented woman came out with her talent and began painting when she was around 18 years old. It is highly unknown if she would even begin doing the artwork if she wasn't involved in a bus accident which left her with severe body injuries and a mental scar for an entire life, among with some family and political problems in Mexico at that time. She was born on July 6, 1907 in Mexico, her father was born in Germany, but at 19 he moved down to Mexico and married Frida's mother.
One of the main things which have influenced and affected Frida in many ways has been the family environment she grew up in. First off, the marriage of her parents wasn't exactly great and they were actually quite unhappy. The second factor was that Frida had 3 other sisters, two of them older, so she grew up with a large circle of females around her, with constant conflicts, and this is what made Frida spend most of her life close to her father.
The second and perhaps the most important factor affecting her life and artwork was probably the deformities she got throughout her life due to accidents and illnesses. The first one was at age six when she fell sick with polio and it left one of her legs looking thinner than the other, and she hid it most of her life by wearing long skirts. But the most radical accident happened when Frida was 18 years old, she was riding a bus which collided with a trolley car. The injuries she received were grand - a broken collar bone, a broken spinal column, broken pelvis and ribs, fractures in right leg, dislocated foot and shoulder, and when an iron bar pierced her stomach, it damaged the uterus. Frida spent a lot of time in recovery, but for the injuries she received, the recovery time seemed fast, although excruciatingly painful. In most of her paintings and self portraits, it is easy to see the sad...
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