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This week marks the 113th birthday of one of the most famous artists in art history – Frida Kahlo. The Mexican painter rose to prominence in the mid-twentieth century with his unique approach to self-portrait that blended elements of surrealism and naive folk art to create vibrant expressions of love, pain, tragedy and passion. .
As the girl from a well-known photographer who immigrated to Mexico from Germany, Kahlo’s education in the visual arts had a lifelong impact on the way she viewed and portrayed the world. Her childhood was also marked by tragedy when she contracted polio at the age of 6, an illness that left her permanently scarred and in pain for the rest of her life. At 18, Kahlo was impaled by a handrail in a bus crash that killed scores of passengers. She was bedridden for weeks in a hospital in Mexico City; meanwhile she started experimenting in Express his agony through painting. Without nature or subjects to paint, she sought inspiration internally and produced some of her first self-portraits at the time.
In the years that followed, Kahlo became a voice promoter of the Mexican Communist Party and through his activism entered into a long and sometimes turbulent relationship with the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. The couple maintained a studio in Mexico City, where Kahlo would continue to develop his distinct visual language, drawing inspiration from his life’s struggles to create deeply psychological paintings. In 1953, she had her first solo exhibition in Mexico, a year before her death at the age of 47.
Today his former studio has been transformed into a museum that celebrates the artist and his life’s work. These photos offer a glimpse of this museum and the colorful life of Frida Kahlo.