Frida Kahlo, born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón, lived from July 6, 1907 to July 13, 1954. During her short lived life, she had many accomplishments. She was a surrealist artist who expressed her feelings and thoughts through her paintings. To the public she was a high spirited rebellious woman. Her paintings were full of personal content. They expressed her internal feelings. Her creative style was always breathtaking yet bewildering. Frida was probably the most idolized woman artist of her time and "today, she is a figure of legendary power whose work inspires excitement and awe throughout the world."
Frida Kahlo was married to the famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. While married to Rivera, Frida gave up painting. She loved Diego Rivera very much and wanted to seem important to him. Frida knew that his murals were the most significant element in his life. She had begun to realize that she "would always be a second fiddle to Rivera's art." After being struck by this reality, her a once independent Kahlo became overly obsessed and devoted to the life with Diego Rivera.
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Self Portrait with Monkey
Self Portrait, 1940
The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Me, and Senor Xolotl, 1949
Tree of Hope, 1946
Roots ( raices )
However, when Diego Rivera had begun to paint his murals, Kahlo saw less and less of him each day. She then again became lonely, idly waiting for Diego to finish his projects. Yet when Diego had finished one project, he was soon beginning another. Soon, Frida heard rumors of Diego having an affair with on his assistants. She walked around claiming it didn't move her. She said that she would live her own life, while he would live his. Yet deep in her heart she worried, at later commented:
I have suffered two grave accidents in my life, one in which a street car ran me over; the other accident is Diego."
Kahlo soon expressed her feelings through her paintings. Her unhappiness could be seen in her bloody portraits and her paintings startled the world.
Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera went to the United States when Diego Rivera became tired of being hounded in his homeland, Mexico. While in America Diego was the center of attention. However Frida was disgusted by American customs. In America Frida lingered in the shadows of Rivera because she was only viewed as his wife.
Frida again became lonely and began to sketch just as she did when she first discovered her talent to paint. However, in this new land, no one took her artwork seriously. Kahlo was expected to play the role of the "good wife" in America. She, the wife of a famous muralist soon could not believe in herself and was unsure of her own talents. This made her emotions even more daunting , pulling her into deeper depression. However, Frida's sufferings inspired her to paint the best paintings of her life. Her artwork seemed to be a dream world pulling a person into the canvas, to experience her emotions
Frida Kahlo is an artist in many different ways. Besides her incredible talent to paint surrealist thoughts and emotions on canvas, she also was an artist in her mind and body. She was artistic in how she dressed. She walked through life happily, with a smile plastered on her face. She appeared full of spirit. However, she often covered her real feelings deep within herself, only letting people see the imaginary Frida. The world was unaware of the agony the other Frida, of what the artist Frida felt. Many people are fascinated with Frida Kahlo's artwork because of emotional background. Frida kept it all bottled up in her, eventually expressing it out on her canvas. She painted her anger, her unhappiness painful miscarriages, and physical and mental sufferings.
Frida's natural talent to express her feelings were on canvas. Her paintings expressed her deep emotions, portrayed in interesting ways. Frida's greatest paintings were believed to have been painted in her time of great depression. Many believed that her painting, "The Wounded Table" was one of her most original works. She painted it during her divorce with Rivera. It portrays Kahlo, surrounded by deathly figures, with blood and unusual objects connected everywhere. Her paintings soon became paintings of blood and suicide.
Kahlo once said, "I paint my own reality...I paint what ever passes through my head without any other consideration. I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best."
She became an iconic figure amongst feminists and also as a figure of Mexico. Her influences linger in landmarks,restaurants, and even cults. People like Frida's personality and they identify with her creative sense and her pain and suffering. However, her skills may have been noticed a little too late. After her death, a museum was put up in her former home, La Casa Azul in Coyoacán, exhibiting her artwork, and people still gather there to look at her artwork in wonder.