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Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo paintings & biography. Information about the most famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, who lives the Mexican Revolution as a way of life.

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter who was born on July 6, 1907 and died on July 13, 1954. Frida claimed to be born in 1910, the year of the outbreak of the Mexican revolution, because she wanted her life to have begun at the same time as the new Mexico.This anecdote provides a telling illustration of a unique personality, characterized since her childhood by a deep sense of independence and rebellion against mediocre social and moral habits, moved by passion and sensuality, proud of her "mexicanidad" and cultural tradition set against the reigning Americanization: all mixed with a very individual sense of humour.

Her life was marked by physical suffering, starting with the polio she contracted at the age of five and worsened by a life-marking event that occurred in 1925. A bus accident caused severe injuries to her body (she was impaled from the stomach to the pelvis by a pole). The medicine of the day tortured her body with surgical operations (32 over the course of her life), corsets of different kinds and mechanical "stretching" systems.

Lots of her works were painted lying in bed. Because of these physical conditions Frida was never able to have any children, which was a cause of great sadness for her.

She had one great love, Diego Rivera (she married him twice and dedicated a passionate diary to him) but also a lot of lovers, men and women, such as Leon Trotsky and André Breton's wife.