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The life of Frida Kalho

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The Life of Frida Kalho
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Early life
Early Hardships
Kahlo contracted polio when she was 6.
Despite her many efforts to regain her strength, the virus left lasting effects on her physically.
When she was 18, she was involved in a bus accident that effected her for the rest of her life.
She suffered many injuries, one of which compromised her ability to have children later in life.
Frida Kahlo de Rivera ( 1907 – 1954), born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón,was a Mexican painter who is best known for her self-portraits
Frida Kahlo was born in 1907, in her parents' house known as The Blue House, in Coyoacán, at the time a small town on the outskirts of Mexico City.
Family Life
Unhappy parent's marriage
She was the third of four children.
She also had two older half sisters that lived with them as well.
Friday had a difficult relationship with her mother.
She had better relationship with her father.
Adult Life
Frida Kahlo was a woman of many achievements and a large body of work.
She created at least 140 paintings, and dozens of sketches and studies.

She was a political activist for the Communist Party.
In July 1952, Frida's right lower leg was amputated at the knee due to gangrene
Kahlo died on July 13, 1954, soon after turning 47, and was cremated according to her wishes
Art Work
While bedridden after the bus accident, began her study of painting
Much of her work was self reflective and expressive of her perception and the narative of her life.
Her work was often catagorized as ¨Surrealist,¨ but Kahlo was adamant that ¨(she) never painted reams. (She) paited (her) own reality.¨
artist career
Kahlo was also influenced by indigenous Mexican culture, which is apparent in her use of bright colors, dramatic symbolism and primitive style. She frequently included the monkey, which in Mexican mythology is a symbol of lust, and Kahlo portrayed it as tender and protective symbols. Christian and Jewish themes are often depicted in her work.[30] She combined elements of the classic religious Mexican tradition with surrealist renderings.

In 1938, Kahlo had her only solo gallery showing in the United States at the Julien Levy Gallery. The works were well received and several prominent artists attended the event.[31] At the invitation of André Breton, she went to France during 1939 and was featured at an exhibition of her paintings in Paris. The Louvre bought one of her paintings on display, The Frame. It was the first work of a twentieth-century Mexican artist that the Louvre purchased. Kahlo made the acquaintance of Wolfgang Paalen and Alice Rahon, whom she invited to come to Mexico.[32]
Some Self Portraits
Marriage and Affairs.
When she was 6.
A thinner leg.
Sports reserved for boys.

Bus accident
She was 18
Broken: spinal column, ribs, pelvis, eleven fractures in her right leg,
Pierced abdomen and uterus.
3 months in a full body cast.
35 operations.
No children.
Extreme pain.
Started painting (self-portraits)
Diego Rivera had a great influence on Kahlo's painting style. Kahlo had always admired Rivera and his work. She first approached him in the Ministry of Public Education, where he had been working on a mural in 1927. She showed him four of her paintings, and asked whether he considered her gifted. Rivera was impressed and said, "You have got talent." After that, he became a frequent welcomed guest at Kahlo's house. He gave her many insights about her artwork while still leaving her space to explore herself. The positive and encouraging comments made by Rivera strengthened Kahlo's wish to pursue a career as an artis

As a young artist, Kahlo communicated with the Mexican painter Diego Rivera, whose work she admired, asking him for advice about pursuing art as a career. He recognized her talent[33] and encouraged her artistic development. They began an intimate relationship and were married in 1929, despite the disapproval of Kahlo's mother.

Their marriage was often troubled. Kahlo and Rivera both had irritable temperaments and numerous extramarital affairs. The bisexual Kahlo had affairs with both men and women, including Isamu Noguchi and Josephine Baker;[3] Rivera knew of and tolerated her relationships with women, but her relationships with men made him jealous. For her part, Kahlo was furious when she learned that Rivera had an affair with her younger sister, Cristina. The couple divorced in November 1939, but remarried in December 1940. Their second marriage was as troubled as the first. Their living quarters were often separate, although sometimes adjacent
Active communists, Kahlo and Rivera befriended Leon Trotsky during the late 1930s, after he fled Norway to Mexico to receive political asylum from the Soviet Union during Joseph Stalin's leadership. During 1937, Trotsky lived initially with Rivera and then at Kahlo's home where he and Kahlo had an affair
In 1938, Kahlo travelled alone to New York City for her first solo exhibition; she was celebrated "like a movie star". There she met Hungarian photographer Nickolas Muray, with whom she began a 10-year love affair.[36]
Political activism
Active communists, Kahlo and Rivera befriended Leon Trotsky during the late 1930s, after he fled Norway to Mexico to receive political asylum from the Soviet Union during Joseph Stalin's leadership. During 1937, Trotsky lived initially with Rivera and then at Kahlo's home where he and Kahlo had an affair
Trotsky and his wife then relocated to another house in Coyoacán where, in 1940, he was assassinated. Both Kahlo and Rivera broke with Trotskyism and openly became supporters of Stalin in 1939
A few days before her death, Kahlo participated in a demonstration against the CIA invasion of Guatemala.[36]
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