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FRIDA KAHLO (1907-1954) was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán. Perhaps best known for her self-portraits, Kahlo's work is remembered for its "pain and passion", and its intense, vibrant colors. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.
Life Magazine #fridakahlo "Child of my heart Tomorrow is another day" Sung in a small Mexico City gallery last week, this serenade was the climax of a long and happy evening for the frail, dark-eyed woman lying there in a great four-poster bed. She was Frida Kahlo, invalid wife of Muralist Diego Rivera and Mexico's best woman painter (TIME, Nov. 14, 1938). For her first public show in Mexico, 200 friends, fellow artists and critics had turned out to sing, sip Scotch, and applaud.
Frida Kahlo in her studio at Casa Azul. By this point, Kahlo had been painting for only four years. She started while recuperating from a near-fatal streetcar accident that crushed her spine and pelvis, leaving her permanently crippled and unable to bear children. Possibly to minimize the physical evidence of the damage, she began wearing the indigenous Mexican skirts and shawls that transformed her into a piece of multicultural theater.
Citation: Frida Kahlo on the patio of the Blue House, 195-? / Florence Arquin, photographer. Florence Arquin papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.