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There seems to be a lot of controversy surrounding a 1938 or 1939 French edition of Vogue magazine that features Frida Kahlo on the cover. I have been researching the life and works of Frida Kahlo since 2003 and during my research I have read numerous accounts in books, magazines and internet articles about this … Read more

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Self Portrait with Necklace of Thorns 1940 In this painting, Frida paints herself in a frontal pose to enhance the immediacy of her presence. She has unraveled Christ’s crown of thorns and wears it as a necklace, presenting herself as a Christian martyr. The thorns digging into her neck are symbolic of the pain she … Read more

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What the Water Gave Me 1938 This painting is sometimes referred to as “What I Saw in the Water“. Unlike most of Frida’s paintings, this one has no dominant central image. It is a symbolic work illustrating various events from the artist’s life and incorporates numerous elements from her other works as well as some … Read more

Biobrief

Frida Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon in Coyoacan, Mexico July 6th, 1907. She 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 … Read more

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Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress 1926 This is Frida’s first self-portrait. It was painted as a gift for her student boyfriend, Alejandro Gomez Arias, who had left her. It was given as a token of love by which she hoped to restore his affection and keep her in his thoughts. Her plea for his love … Read more

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A Few Small Nips 1935 Broken-hearted over her husband’s affair with her younger sister Cristina, Frida recreated her sorrow and anger in this painting. Her own pain being too great to depict, she projected it onto another woman’s misfortune. A newspaper report about a woman murdered in an act of jealousy provided the artist with … Read more

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Frieda and Diego Rivera 1931 This folkloric style double-portrait may have been based on their wedding photograph. It was completed about two years after their marriage while Frida and Diego were in San Francisco. The difference in height between the couple is not exaggerated. Frida’s dainty feet barely touch the ground and she appears to … Read more

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Frida Kahlo nació Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón en Coyoacán, México, el 6 de Julio de 1907. Frida era una de las cuatro hijas de un padre judío-húngaro y una madre de ascendencia indígena-mexicana. Originalmente no planeaba el convertirse en una artista. Una superviviente de polio, empezó un programa de pre-medicina en la ciudad de México. A la … Read more

Essay

As a young woman, becoming a painter was not a part of Frida’s career goals. Her goal in life was to become a doctor but a tragic accident at age 18 left her mentally and physically scared for life. It changed the course of her life forever. It was during her months of convalescence that … Read more