Frida Kahlo De Rivera



Fridakahlo is one of those artists who are not widely known by the new generation, but she was undoubtedly one of the extraordinary artists, active political person and a marvelous inspiration to the thousands of people. She was known as the icon of feminism.




She is a marvelous inspiration to the thousands of people

Frida Kahlo was born in July 6, 1907. She was born in Coyocoan, Mexico City, Mexico. She was only a 6 years old child when she was diagnosed with polio which left her unable to leave her bed for about nine months. After a hard struggle, and a lot of help from doctors, she was able to recover from that disease within a year, but her right leg and foot was damaged due to Polio and her leg limped when she walked. Her father encouraged and helped her so much in recovering from the disease by asking her to go for swimming, and even wrestling, which was uncommon at the time.



Severe injuries which lasted for her lifetime

In 1922, Frida Kahlo got into a renowned National Preparatory School. At that time, it was unusual for the girls to attend schools and colleges, and so Frida Kahlo was one of the few female students in her School. She was politically a very active student, and used to hang out with the intellectually likeminded people. Eventually she got involved romantically with one of her fellow mate, named Alejandro Gomez Arias.

On September 17, 1925 Kahlo was travelling with her boy friend in a bus when a road accident happened, and she had to bear severe injuries which lasted for her lifetime and she self portrayed herself and her sufferings in her paintings.



Started painting self portrays

Frida Kahlo remained in the Red Cross hospital for many months, and when she returned home she started her activities and work once again. She started painting self portrays during her recovery and after a year; she gave her painting to Alejandro Gomez Arias. After all the treatments, and sufferings, she became even more politically active as well.



Health issues consumed her

Frida Kahlo knew a man Rivera already from her political activities and met her again in 1928 thatmotivated her to carry on with her work of art and political activities. They married in the next year, and afterwards Frida Kahlo had many exhibitions of her art in California, New York, Paris, Mexico and many other places. She and her husband went through many periods of separation but oddly they never got divorced and in the end they always came together.

In 1950, Kahlo’s health issues consumed her completely and she got gangrene in her right foot, and doctors had to cut her leg to stop the disease from spreading into the whole body. She still did miss her last exhibition in the Mexico where she talked and enjoyed. But in 1954 she was again hospitalized due to her severe depression and health issues, and finally a legend died 1954, although some reports say it was a suicide.



Inspired by her spirit

I just came to know about the Frida Kahlo a few months back, and I was amazed to see how could such a legendary person is not getting the fame and popularity she deserves. That’s why I decided to write about her, if not more, then a few people would come to know about this person through my writing, and it would worth it.

I personally am so much inspired by her spirit of never giving up, her motivated aim of doing art work, and her active participation in political activities. No doubt, Frida Kahlo will live through her art work forever.



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