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Frida Kahlo

Mexico was the city of her life. She was born and died in her beloved Casa Azul we can see in her paintings. At the age of 8, she contracted poliomyelitis that altered her right leg. At this time, she didn't want to be an artist but a doctor. In 1925, a big bus crash let her with broken legs and spine. She had to stay long months in bed wearing cast corsets that she would never forget about. At this time, to distract her, her parents put mirrors above her bed. This is how she started to paint, portraying her miserable body. Out of the 143 paintings she left, 55 are self-portraits. She met the Mexican painter Diego Riviera in 1928 whom she got married to in 1929. But he was twenty one years older and cheated on her many times. She had many lovers, among who Russian revolutionary Trotsky she even hosted in her Casa Azul in 1937 and French surrealism pope, André Breton. She went through numerous miscarriages and would never succeed in being a mother. Surgery would be her cross till the end of her life, desperately searching for soothing her multiple and lasting injuries. Eventually she might have committed suicide. Kahlo remains a big feminist icon for she consistently advocated free will to create, bold sexual life and wild enjoyment. On her last painting  she even wrote a big Viva La Vida. Her lifestyle and her artistic taste for bright colors and folklore still inspire fashion and contemporary creation.

Salma Hayek and Julie Taymor on the set of Frida directed by Julie Taymor, 2002
Salma Hayek and Julie Taymor on the set of Frida directed by Julie Taymor, 2002
Frida Kahlo and her pet monkey Fulang-Chang, 1943
Frida Kahlo and her pet monkey Fulang-Chang, 1943
Frida Kahlo by Nickolas Muray, 1946
Frida Kahlo by Nickolas Muray, 1946
Portrait of Frida Kahlo
Portrait of Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo smoking
Frida Kahlo smoking
Frida Kahlo by Gisèle Freund, c. 1952
Frida Kahlo by Gisèle Freund, c. 1952
Frida Kahlo in the studio of Diego Rivera by Nickolas Muray
Frida Kahlo in the studio of Diego Rivera by Nickolas Muray
Frida Kahlo on the patio of the Blue House by Florence Arquin, 1950s
Frida Kahlo on the patio of the Blue House by Florence Arquin, 1950s
Frida Kahlo by Florence Arquin, 1951
Frida Kahlo by Florence Arquin, 1951
Frida Kahlo and pet hawk, 1939
Frida Kahlo and pet hawk, 1939
Frida Kahlo at Casa Azul, Mexico City, 1951
Frida Kahlo at Casa Azul, Mexico City, 1951
Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo in Frida directed by Julie Taymor, 2002
Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo in Frida directed by Julie Taymor, 2002
Frida Kahlo by Immogen Cunningham, 1931
Frida Kahlo by Immogen Cunningham, 1931
Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo in Frida directed by Julie Taymor, 2002
Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo in Frida directed by Julie Taymor, 2002
Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo in Frida directed by Julie Taymor, 2002
Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo in Frida directed by Julie Taymor, 2002
Frida Kahlo and Chavela Vargas, 1950s
Frida Kahlo and Chavela Vargas, 1950s
Frida Kahlo by Julien Levy, 1938
Frida Kahlo by Julien Levy, 1938
Portrait of Frida Kahlo
Portrait of Frida Kahlo
Guillermo Davila, Frida Kahlo holding a sculpture by Mardonio Magana, Coyoacan, Mexico City, 1930
Guillermo Davila, Frida Kahlo holding a sculpture by Mardonio Magana, Coyoacan, Mexico City, 1930
Emmy Lou Packard and Frida Kahlo, 1941
Emmy Lou Packard and Frida Kahlo, 1941
Frida Kahlo for Vogue US, October 1937
Frida Kahlo for Vogue US, October 1937
Salma Hayek as Frida Khalo in Frida directed by Julie Taymor, 2002
Salma Hayek as Frida Khalo in Frida directed by Julie Taymor, 2002
Frida Kahlo by Lucienne Bloch, 1932
Frida Kahlo by Lucienne Bloch, 1932
Frida Kahlo by Lucienne Bloch, 1932
Frida Kahlo by Lucienne Bloch, 1932
Frida Kahlo by Leo Matiz, 1941
Frida Kahlo by Leo Matiz, 1941
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Lucienne Bloch, 1932
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Lucienne Bloch, 1932
Frida Kahlo in front of the Unfinished Unity Panel by Lucienne Bloch, 1933
Frida Kahlo in front of the Unfinished Unity Panel by Lucienne Bloch, 1933
Frida Kahlo at the Barbizon Plaza Hotel by Lucienne Bloch, 1932
Frida Kahlo at the Barbizon Plaza Hotel by Lucienne Bloch, 1932
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Nickolas Muray, 1939
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Nickolas Muray, 1939
Frida Kahlo by Gisèle Freund, 1950/ 1952
Frida Kahlo by Gisèle Freund, 1950/ 1952
Frida Kahlo by Julien Levy, 1938
Frida Kahlo by Julien Levy, 1938
Frida Kahlo by Gisèle Freund, 1950/ 1952
Frida Kahlo by Gisèle Freund, 1950/ 1952
Frida Kahlo Me and My Parrots, 1941
Frida Kahlo Me and My Parrots, 1941
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Immogen Cunningham, 1930
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Immogen Cunningham, 1930
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Carl van Vechten, 1933
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Carl van Vechten, 1933
Frida Kahlo by Lola Alvarez Bravo, c. 1944
Frida Kahlo by Lola Alvarez Bravo, c. 1944
Frida Kahlo by Antonio Kahlo, 1946
Frida Kahlo by Antonio Kahlo, 1946
Frida Kahlo by Guillemero Kahlo, 1926
Frida Kahlo by Guillemero Kahlo, 1926
Frida Kahlo at the Museum of Modern Art for Picasso Exhibition, Mexico City, 1940s
Frida Kahlo at the Museum of Modern Art for Picasso Exhibition, Mexico City, 1940s
Frida Kahlo by Fritz Henle, Xochimilco, Mexico, 1937
Frida Kahlo by Fritz Henle, Xochimilco, Mexico, 1937
Frida Kahlo by Gisèle Freund, c. 1952
Frida Kahlo by Gisèle Freund, c. 1952
Frida Kahlo by Guillermo Kahlo, Mexico, c. 1926
Frida Kahlo by Guillermo Kahlo, Mexico, c. 1926
Frida Kahlo by Imogen Cunningham, 1931
Frida Kahlo by Imogen Cunningham, 1931
Frida Kahlo by Lucienne Bloch, 1935
Frida Kahlo by Lucienne Bloch, 1935
Frida Kahlo by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, 1931
Frida Kahlo by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, 1931
Frida Kahlo by Nickolas Muray, 1946
Frida Kahlo by Nickolas Muray, 1946
Frida Kahlo and Josephine Baker, c. 1952
Frida Kahlo and Josephine Baker, c. 1952
Frida Kahlo in a hospital bed, drawing on her cast with the help of a mirror, 1951
Frida Kahlo in a hospital bed, drawing on her cast with the help of a mirror, 1951
Frida Kahlo in her studio at Casa Azul by Vicente Wolf
Frida Kahlo in her studio at Casa Azul by Vicente Wolf
Frida Kahlo in her studio at home in Coyoacán, Mexico, 1931
Frida Kahlo in her studio at home in Coyoacán, Mexico, 1931
Frida Kahlo by Nickolas Muray,  New York, 1946
Frida Kahlo by Nickolas Muray, New York, 1946
Frida Kahlo by Lucienne Bloch, 1932
Frida Kahlo by Lucienne Bloch, 1932
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Man Ray, 1939
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Man Ray, 1939
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Sylvia Salmi, 1944
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Sylvia Salmi, 1944
Frida Kahlo by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, 1930s
Frida Kahlo by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, 1930s
Florence Arquin, Frida Kahlo shows her work on her plaster corset, Mexico, c. 1941
Florence Arquin, Frida Kahlo shows her work on her plaster corset, Mexico, c. 1941
Frida Kahlo by Leo Matiz, 1941
Frida Kahlo by Leo Matiz, 1941
Frida Kahlo with Dr. Juan Farill by Gisèle Freund, 1951
Frida Kahlo with Dr. Juan Farill by Gisèle Freund, 1951
Frida Kahlo and Helena Rubinstein
Frida Kahlo and Helena Rubinstein
Frida Kahlo, 1929
Frida Kahlo, 1929
Frida Kahlo by Edward Weston, 1930
Frida Kahlo by Edward Weston, 1930
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Leo Matiz, 1944
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Leo Matiz, 1944
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Florence Arquin, 1948
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Florence Arquin, 1948
Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait (Dedicated to Leon Trotsky), 1937, Oil on Masonite, 30 x 24 in, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington
Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait (Dedicated to Leon Trotsky), 1937, Oil on Masonite, 30 x 24 in, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington
Frida Kahlo by Julien Levy, 1938
Frida Kahlo by Julien Levy, 1938
Frida painting her father, 1951
Frida painting her father, 1951
Frida Kahlo with The Acrobat of Pablo Picasso (1930)
Frida Kahlo with The Acrobat of Pablo Picasso (1930)
Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait as a Tehuana (Diego on My Mind), 1943, Oil on Masonite, 29 7/8 x 24 in, Gelman Collection, Mexico City
Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait as a Tehuana (Diego on My Mind), 1943, Oil on Masonite, 29 7/8 x 24 in, Gelman Collection, Mexico City
Frida Kahlo by Emmy Lou Packard, Mexico, 1941
Frida Kahlo by Emmy Lou Packard, Mexico, 1941
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Lucienne Bloch, 1935
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Lucienne Bloch, 1935
Frida Kahlo by Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Frida Kahlo by Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Frida Kahlo with her sister Cristina by Nickolas Muray, New York, 1946
Frida Kahlo with her sister Cristina by Nickolas Muray, New York, 1946
Frida Kahlo by Carl van Vechten, 1932
Frida Kahlo by Carl van Vechten, 1932
Portrait of Frida Kahlo, 1929
Portrait of Frida Kahlo, 1929
Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait, 1926, Oil on canvas, 31 x 23 in, Private collection
Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait, 1926, Oil on canvas, 31 x 23 in, Private collection
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Nickolas Muray, c. 1940
Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Nickolas Muray, c. 1940
Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo in Frida directed by Julie Taymor, 2002
Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo in Frida directed by Julie Taymor, 2002
Nickolas Muray, Frida on White Bench, New York, 1939
Nickolas Muray, Frida on White Bench, New York, 1939
Nickolas Muray, Three Fridas: Frida Kahlo in her studio, in front of “The Two Fridas” painting,  1939
Nickolas Muray, Three Fridas: Frida Kahlo in her studio, in front of “The Two Fridas” painting, 1939
Frida Kahlo, The Two Fridas, 1939, Oil on canvas, 173 x 173 cm, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City
Frida Kahlo, The Two Fridas, 1939, Oil on canvas, 173 x 173 cm, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City
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