Frida Kahlo de Rivera 1907 – 1954
Frida was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán. Perhaps best known for her self-portraits. Kahlo's work is remembered for its "pain and passion", and its intense, vibrant colors.
Frida was one of four daughters born to a Hungarian-Jewish father and a mother of Spanish and Mexican Indian descent.She did not originally plan to become an artist. A survivor of polio, she entered a pre-med program in Mexico City.
At the age of 18, she was seriously injured in a bus accident. She spent over a year in bed recovering from fractures to her spine, collarbone and ribs, a shattered pelvis, and shoulder and foot injuries. She endured more than 30 operations in her lifetime and during her convalescence she began to paint.
During her lifetime, Frida created some 200 paintings, drawings and sketches related to her experiences in life. 143 of her paintings are about her physical and emotional pain and her turbulent relationship, and 55 are self-portraits.
Today, more than half a century after her death, her paintings fetch more money than any other female artist.
Enjoy more of her work at this Frida Kahlo website.
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