Born in 1907, Activist, Feminist, Communist and Artist; Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo achieved world wide popularity and recognition through her work of self-portraits that she painted in vibrant colours -influenced by indigenous Mexican folklore and culture. Her inspiration also came from European artistic movements such as Symbolism, Surrealism and Realism. Her works are an expression of her sexuality depicting the emotional and physical pain she suffered in her life.
In 1929 Kahlo married Diego Rivera the Mexican muralist with whom she shared the same political views. He encouraged her artistic creativity and although popular and widely recognized today as an important Artist and painter, her magnificent work became famous only in the 1970’s proving that Kahlo was a feminist ahead of her time. During her marriage her husbands’ works and career took center stage until after she died in 1954. In 1957 her beloved passed away and donated her “Blue house’ in Coyocan Mexico City as a museum where the journals of her intimate self-portraits and writings were finally discovered.
Characterized by her own husband as ‘the first women in the history of art- who with a directness and brutal clarity- focused on subjects exclusively to do with women.’ Her often stormy relationship with fellow painter Diego Rivera was often the focus of some of her amazing paintings where she combines self-portraits with deep emotion and folk-art motifs.
Now a modern day icon Frida has been able to capture the hearts and minds of generations of women. All over the World her voice and message can still be heard as we fly the flag of feminism together!
Photo Source: www.frida.org
Painting Title: ‘Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird’
Artist: Frida Kahlo (July 06 1907-July 13 1954),
Located: Harry Randsom Center, University of Texas at Austin
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