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Transcript of Frida Kahlo
Born: July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán, Mexico
She began her life where is started in the "Blue House"
Born from Wilhelm Kahlo and Matilde Calderón y Gonzalez
At age 6, Frida is struck with polio affecting the use of her right leg. Her leg grew very thin, and her foot was stunted in its growth. During her nine month convalescence, her father made sure that she regularly exercised the muscles in her leg and foot. Despite their efforts, her leg and foot remained deformed. Frida attempts to hide it by wearing pants, long skirts or two pairs of sock on her right foot.
Frida is hired as a paid apprentice to the commercial printmaker Fernando Fernandez, a close friend of her father's. Fernando teaches her how to draw and how to copy prints by the Swedish Impressionist Anders Zorn.
On September 17, Frida and her boyfriend, Alejandro Gomez Arias, get onto a bus to head home from school. Shortly afterwards, the bus is stuck broadside by a tram. Frida sustains multiple injuries, a broken pelvic bone, spinal column, and other severe injuries, leading doctors to doubt whether she would survive. She spends the next several months in bed recovering from the accident.
During her months of recovery from the bus accident she begins to take painting seriously. She experiments first with watercolors and then oil.
In September Frida paints "Self-Portrait in a Velvet Dress", her first serious work and the first of many self-portraits to come. She paints it as a gift for her boyfriend, Alejandro Gómez Arias, who has left her suspecting she had been unfaithful prior to the accident. Frida hopes the painting will win him back.
Frida is introduced to a group of young people centered around the Cuban Communist Julio Antonio Mella, who is currently in exile in Mexico. One of the group members is the photographer Tina Modotti, Mella's lover and an acquaintance of Diego Rivera.
Through Modotti Frida meets Diego Rivera and she later shows him some of her paintings. She asks him what he thinks of her art and whether he considers her talented. Diego tells her: "you have talent" and strengthens her resolve to pursue a career as an artist. Diego begins to court Frida.
Frida's romantic relationship with Alejandro ends. She immediately turns her attention towards Diego Rivera.
Diego incorporates a portrait of Frida into his "Ballad of the Revolution" mural in the Ministry of Public Education. She appears in a panel he calls "Frida Kahlo Distributes the Arms". Dressed in a black skirt and red shirt, and wearing a red star on her breast, she is shown as a member of the Mexican Communist Party, which she in fact joins in 1928.
In October, Frida travels to New York for her first solo exhibition at the Julien Levy Gallery, 15 East 57th St, November 1-15. Twenty-five of her paintings are exhibited and half of them are sold. The following paintings were shown at the exhibition:
$300 Portrait of Luther Burbank
$150 Henry Ford Hospital (with the title "The Lost Desire")
$300 My Birth
$450 My Dress Hangs There
$300 A Few Small Nips (with the title "Passionately in Love")
$150 Flowers - I belong to My Owner
$600 Self Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky (with the title "Between the Curtains")
$300 My Nurse and I
$250 Memory (with the title "The Heart")
$300 Fulang-Change and I
$300 Still Life with Pitahayas
$400 The Fruits of the Earth
Unknown Self Portrait "The Frame"
$300 Self Portrait with Itzcuintli Dog
$150 They Asked for Planes and Only Got Straw Wings
$200 Remembrance of an Open Wound
$300 The Four Inhabitants of Mexico (with the title "The Square is Theirs")
$100 Girl with Death Mask (with the title "She Plays Alone")
$600 What the Water Gave Me
$250 The Deceased Dimas (with the title "Dressed Up for Paradise")
$300 My Grandparents, My Parents and I (with the title "My Family")
On April 19th, Frida is admitted to the hospital for reasons unknown
"Frida Kahlo Fans." Frida Kahlo, Chronology, timeline, time line, Biography, Bio. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Dec. 2013. <http://www.fridakahlofans.com/chronology