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Life and Works of Frida Kahlo

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A Ruppert-Stratton

on 3 October 2012

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Frida Kahlo By: Grace Hippler Frida was born on July 6, 1907 in
Coyoacan, Mexico City, Mexico. Her Early Years Frida had 3 siblings, 2 older sisters and 1 younger. Their names were Cristina, Adriana, and Matilde. At the age of six, she contracted polio which made her right leg much thinner than the other. She often wore long dresses to hide her disfigurement. Diego Rivera, a famous artist, saw and admired her work. Frida got married at the age of 22 to Diego Rivera. He was 42 when they got married. Also, when they got married Frida weighed 98 pounds and was 5' 3". Diego weighed 300 and was 6'' 1". After the accident, her spine never healed properly. She spent days, sometimes months, in bed and in pain. It was here that she started painting to pass the time. She also gave up her dream of being a doctor. Some of her paintings' themes were about her bus accident. She often expressed her sadness and pain through her paintings. In later years, she expressed her pain of not being able to have children. "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best." Some family pictures THE END At the age of 18, while attending a preparatory school for medicine, Frida was in a terrible bus accident. She suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident, including a broken spinal column, a broken collarbone, broken ribs, a broken pelvis, eleven fractures in her right leg, a crushed and dislocated right foot, and a dislocated shoulder. Also, an iron handrail pierced her abdomen. As a result, she was unable to have children. This greatly pained her in later years. She spent many months in pain and in bed. It was here that she started painting.
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