by Joan M. Rehlin
Frida Kahlo (7/6/07 – 7/13/54) was born and died in Mexico City and is well-known for creating art that depicts Mexican traditions and culture, as well as the female experience and form. Having a volatile marriage with another famous Mexican artist, Diego Rivera, led Kahlo to comment, “There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.” Even so, the trolley accident, which happened when she was 18, caused lifelong suffering and semi-isolation. Kahlo’s portraits, part autobiography and part mythology, often incorporate symbolic portrayals of physical and psychological wounds. She denied being a surrealist, adding, “I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.” Of the over 140 paintings she created, 55 are self-portraits.
Self-Portrait with Monkeys, 1943, oil on canvas, by Frida Kahlo
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