Frida Kahlo: feelings and pain in her paintings

Frida Kahlo Today on the Andreana Store blog we tell you the story of one of the most loved painters of the twentieth century: Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo, born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón, was born in Mexico to a German photographer Guillermo Kahlo Kaufmann and a wealthy Mexican Matilde Calderón y González.

Frida was suffering from spina bifida and despite this, since adolescence she showed a strong personality, she was a great political enthusiast and supporter of national socialism.

Despite studying medicine, he had a singular artistic talent so much that he entertained himself by painting the portraits of his fellow students.

On September 17, 1925, a dramatic event marked his life: he was returning home from school by bus which caused an accident with a tram. In this clash, Frida had very serious consequences, her spinal column was broken in three points in the lumbar region, her femoral neck and ribs were shattered; her left leg sustained 11 fractures and the bus strap pierced her left hip; the right foot was dislocated and crushed; the left shoulder was dislocated and the pelvic bone broken in three places.

She underwent 32 surgeries and when she was discharged from the hospital, she was forced to rest in bed, with her bust in a plaster cast.

Staying in bed forcibly he had a lot of time to read books on the communist movement and paint. She began to paint mainly herself, so much so that her parents gave her a four-poster bed with a mirror on the ceiling and her first self-portrait was given to Alejandro Gómez Arias, her teenage love.

After the cast was removed, she was able to walk, albeit with pains that she endured all her life.

Having made art his reason for living, he decided to show his works to Diego Rivera, an illustrious painter of the time who was deeply impressed. Frida Kahlo and Rivera got married, despite the fact that he was 21 years older and was in his third marriage. Theirs was a marriage troubled by constant betrayals that ended in divorce due to the betrayal of Diego Rivera with Frida’s sister.

Despite the constant lovers of both sexes, Frida decided to agree to marry Diego Rivera again after a year of divorce. From him she had acquired a naive style that led her to paint self-portraits inspired by popular art to assert her Mexican identity.

Her paintings, even if combined with surrealist art, in reality, express very clearly the feelings and pain of their author and among the most famous we find: Frida and Diego Rivera, Two Frida, Self-portrait with a necklace of thorns and hummingbirds, me and my parrots, the wounded deer.

Frida Kahlo, died of pulmonary embolism at the age of 47 in 1954 and her ashes are kept in her Casa Azul, now home to the Frida Kahlo Museum.