Frida Kahlo is a Mexican painter,
born on July 6, 1907 and dead on July 13, 1954.|
Frida claimed to be born on 1910, the year of the outbreak of the Mexican revolution, because she wanted her life began together with the modern Mexico.
This detail well introduces us to a singular personality, characterized since her childhood by a deep sense of independence and rebellion against social and moral ordinary habits, moved by passion and sensuality, proud of her "Mexicanidad" and cultural tradition set against the reigning Americanization: everything mixed with a peculiar sense of humour.
Her life was marked by physical suffering, started with the polio contracted at the age of five and worsen by her life-dominating event occurred in 1925. A bus accident caused severe injuries to her body owing to a pole that pierced her from the stomach to the pelvis. The medicine of her time tortured her body with surgical operations (32 throughout her life), corsets of different kinds and mechanical "stretching" systems.
Lots of her works were painted laying in the bed. Because of these physical conditions Frida was never able to have any children and this was a great sorrow for her.
She had a great love, Diego Rivera (she married twice with this man and dedicated to him a passionate diary) but also a lot of lovers, men and women, such as Leon Trotsky and André Breton's wife....
It is impossible to sum up with few lines the complexity and the charm of Frida's life. It is advisable to read one of her numerous biographies (personally I suggest "FRIDA. A Biography of Frida Kahlo" by Hayden Herrera, Harper & Row).
Follow this link to The New York Time Magazine to read an article written on July 13, 1954 - the day of Frida's death
Follow this link to The San Francisco Magazine On Line to read an article about Frida's second wedding with Rivera in San Francisco on December 8, 1940