Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlode Rivera,  born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón  (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954), was a Mexican artist who painted many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico.

Inspired by the country’s popular culture, she employed a naive folk art style to explore questions of identity, post-colonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society.

Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy.

In addition to belonging to the post-revolutionary movement, which sought to define a Mexican identity, Kahlo has been described as a surrealist or magical realist.

She was left disabled by polio as a child, and at the age of eighteen was seriously injured in a traffic accident which caused her pain and medical problems for the rest of her life.

 Kahlo’s always fragile health began to increasingly decline during the 1940s. She had her first solo exhibition in Mexico in 1953, shortly before her death in 1954 at the age of 47.

By the 1990s, she had become not only a recognized figure in art history, but so regarded as an icon for Chinanos. the Feminism movement, and the LGBTQ movement.

More of Frida Kahlo‘s wonderful art can be found at https://www.fridakahlo.org/.

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8 thoughts on “Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Frida Kahlo

  1. She doesn’t look very happy, does she ? I don’t know her story but her paintings are welknown and so are her eyebrows, they are legendary.

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  2. Her paintings have wonderfully vivid colours, but somehow the colours aren’t bright, more sombre in their visual depth, which I find quite amazing, like an underlying sadness beneath all the fanfare and colour.

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    1. I notice all sorts of pain added subtly in all her paintings. Little arrows, tear drops…her life was tragic in many ways. I read she had an easel made so she could paint in bed. She was marvelous.

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  3. I think I’ve seen one or two of her paintings before, and such incredibly vivid colours, but somehow they’re not bright , but sombre in their visual depth.

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