Frida Kahlo – Paintings, Quotes and Art

The painter Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist who was married to Diego Rivera and is still admired as a feminist icon.

Who was Frida Kahlo?

Artist Frida Kahlo was considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists and began painting primarily self-portraits after she was seriously injured in a bus accident. Later, Ella Kahlo became politically active and married fellow communist artist Diego Rivera in 1929. She exhibited her paintings in Paris and Mexico before her death in 1954.

Family, Education and Early Life

Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón on July 6, 1907, in Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico.

Artistic career

Although she never considered herself a Surrealist, Kahlo became friends with one of the leading figures of that artistic and literary movement, Andre Breton, in 1938. That same year, she had a major exhibition at a New York City gallery, selling about half of the 25 paintings displayed there. Kahlo also received two commissions, including one from famed magazine editor Clare Boothe Luce, as a result of the show.

In 1939, Kahlo went to live in Paris for a while. There he exhibited some of his paintings and became friends with artists such as Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso.

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Kahlo received a commission from the Mexican government for five portraits of important Mexican women in 1941, but was unable to finish the project. She lost her beloved father that year and continued to suffer from chronic health problems. Despite her personal challenges, her work continued to grow in popularity and she was included in numerous group shows around this time.