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Transcript of Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo is considered one of Mexico's greatest artists. She began painting after she was severely injured in a bus accident. She painted mainly self portraits that to some may be a little scary, but for her they always told a story.
Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907 in Mexico City, Mexico. She had two older sisters and one younger sister.
On September 17, 1925, when Frida was 18, she was on her way home with her boyfriend when the bus they were traveling on was hit by a streetcar. Frida suffered many serious injuries including being impaled by an iron handrail.
When Frida was 6, she contracted a disease called polio, which left her bedridden in the family home known as "The Blue House" for 9 months.
In 1922, Kahlo enrolled at the National Preparatory School. She was one of the few female students to attend the school. She learned to speak English and German. That same year, Mexican muralist Diego Rivera went to work on a project at the school. Kahlo often watched as Rivera painted.
"I never paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality."
- FRIDA KAHLO
2) Who was Frida Kahlo married to?
QUESTIONS. . .
1) What disease did Frida get when she was six years old?
3) What happened to Frida Kahlo on September 17,1925?
Artist Diego Rivera
A bus accident
Frida' and her sisters
Kahlo reconnected with Diego Rivera in 1928. The couple married the next year. Their marriage was very troubled and they divorced in 1939. Although they remarried in 1940, their second marriage was just as rocky as the first.
Drawing of the accident exactly one year after it happened.
Kahlo was hospitalized in June 1954 with pneumonia. About a week after her 47th birthday, Kahlo died on July 13th at her beloved Blue House.
Frida had many health problems her whole life. She was never able to have children. Her health got worse over time. In August 1953, Frida's right leg was amputated below her knee because of gangrene. Despite these problems she still continued to paint.
Do you need a POP QUIZ?!
Frida Kahlo is considered one of Mexico's greatest artists. Kahlo created at least 140 paintings, along with dozens of drawings and studies. Of her paintings, 55 are self-portraits. Drawn from personal experiences, Kahlo's works often portray physical pain and sorrow.
In 1939, Kahlo went to live in Paris for a while. During this time, she painted one of her most famous works, The Two Fridas. The painting shows two versions of the artist sitting side by side.
Frida's works were featured at an art show in Paris in 1939. The Louvre bought one of her paintings,
, which was displayed at the exhibit. This was the first work by a twentieth-century Mexican artist to be purchased by the museum.
Aside from the Louvre purchasing
, Kahlo's work was not widely recognized until decades after her death. Often she was remembered only as Diego Rivera's wife. It was not until the end of the 1970s and the early 1980s that she became well-known to the public.
4) What is the name of Frida's painting that was purchased by the Louvre museum?
5) What did Frida Kahlo die of?