[2015] Faith Nicholas (8-2): Frida Kahlo

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[2015] Faith Nicholas (8-2): Frida Kahlo

How Frida Began Painting

Frida enrolled at the renowned National Preparatory School in 1922.Firda was known for her cheerful spirit and her love of traditional and colorful clothes and jewelry. Frida was also one of the few females to attend the school.Frida hung out with a group of students who were politically and intellectually minded.She became romantically involved with Alejandro Gomez Arias.September 17,1925 Frida and Alejandro was traveling together on a bus when the vehicle collided with a streetcar.Frida was impaled by a street handrail,which went into her hip and come through the other side of her hip.Frida suffered several injuries including fractures in her spine and pelvis.Frida stayed at the Red Cross Hospital in Mexico City for several weeks.She began painting during her recovery and finished her first self-portrait the next year.She gave her first painting to Alejandro.Frida became more Politically active and joined the Young Communist League and the Mexican Communist Party.

Frida Kahlo is best known for her self-portraits.She was born July 6, 1907 as Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderon in Coyocoán, Mexico City and died July 13,1954.She was married to Diego River from 1929-1939 then remarried him 1940-1954.Frida has two older sisters named Matilde and Adriana.Frida and a younger sister named Cristina.Frida Kahlo is still recognized as a feminist icon.When Frida was six she contracted polio.Frida had to stay in bed for nine months because of the disease.Frida eventually recovered from the illness, but she limped when she walked because the disease damaged her right leg and foot.Frida’s Father encouraged her to play soccer,go swimming, and wrestle to help aid her recovery.

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The Two Fridas was completed after Frida's divorce from Diego Rivera.The painting represents her seperation and marital crisis.

Frida was suffering from a lack of appetite because of her many surgeries and countless illnesses.The disgusting food with animals and skulls was held by wooden structure that used to hold her canvases for paintings

Frida Kahlo



“I tried to drown my own sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim,and now i am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.”“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality”“ Feet, what do i need you for when i have to fly”“My painting carries with it the message of pain.”


Casa Azul & Muesum

The Film

Casa Azul or "Blue House" is where Frida lived most of her life.The house was built in 1904 by Frida's father, Guillermo Kahlo.Frida's Husband Diego later purchased the home, paying off the mortgage and debt that Frida's father had accumulated paying off Frida's medical expenses.

The movie Frida was produced by Miramax Home Entertainment.The movie starred Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo and Alfred Molina as Diego Rivera.The run time for the movie is 123 minutes.The Film was nominated for six 2002 Academy Awards,including Salma Hayek for Best Actress.


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