Frida Kahlo: I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best

Frida Kahlo with her husband Diego Rivera

Not only was Frida Kahlo a great painter, but she was also a true style icon.
At a young age she was in a severe traffic accident and got seriously wounded, both physically and psychologically. Even though she had pains from her injuries throughout her life, she was very passionate about politics, feminism and art, and had countless lovers, both male and female.
The most important man in her life was, of course, her husband Diego Rivera, an  incredibly famous Mexican artist. In fact, most of her life Frida Kahlo was more famous as his wife than as an artist! Only to become recognized a couple of decades after her death.
Nowadays she is a renowned painter, and I think even those not interested in art know her face.

Frida Kahlo was born 1907 and died 1954 aged 47.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibition in Gothenburg, Sweden 2011-2012

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7 Responses to Frida Kahlo: I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best

  1. Cecilia says:

    even though I didn’t know her by name, I instantly recognized her work! You took some beautiful photos, and thanks for enlightening me on such an interesting subject :)

  2. Laura says:

    Great pictures! I first learned about Friday in my 6th grade art class and became fascinated with her. I find it very impressive how much detail about her life and her accident show through her art.

  3. Annelien says:

    I’m so jealous :( i love Frida Kahlo a lot and those rings and postcards are so amazing. Is there any information if this exhibition is going to travel trough Europe or anything? Otherwise I might fly to Sweden to see it haha. You must have had a great time visiting this Exhibition!

  4. Thank you for the beautiful post about Frida!

  5. Styleabaad says:

    That looks like a great exhibition. I saw a great Frida Kahlo exhibition a few years back here in Philadelphia and it was really impressive as well… I love her work!

  6. Araceli Estrada says:

    Thank you for creating such a great post of your visit to this exhibit. I love how you were able to capture her passion, and eccentricity (the one thing I love about her the most) through postcards and jewelry. It sounds like you really enjoyed it.

  7. Beautiful post. It’s great that her talent is not only recognised in Mexico but the rest of the world too. She’s one of those artists that show that Mexico has a lot to offer and I thank her for that :)

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