Frida Kahlo De Rivera Analysis

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Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was a Mexican artist and painter, best known for her self portraits. Born in Coyoacán, a former small village on the outskirts of Mexico City, she was one of the four daughters to a Hungarian-Jewish father and a mother of Spanish and Mexican-Indian descent. Kahlo’s life began and ended in Mexico City, in her family’s home — La Casa Azul or the Blue House. In 1922, Kahlo became one of the few female students to attend the pre-med program at the National Preparatory School in Mexico, she was known among others for her jovial spirit, as well as her love of traditional and colourful clothing and jewellery. At the age of 18, Kahlo suffered several serious physical injuries from a bus accident.…show more content…
Throughout her lifetime, Kahlo produced over 140 paintings along with dozens of sketches and sketches, 55 of which are self portraits. When asked why she painted so many self portraits, Kahlo replied “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best. Her paintings often incorporate her experiences in life, both physical and emotional wounds. Kahlo stated, “I never painted dreams, I painted my own reality”. In Kahlo’s art works, the traditional Mexican culture serves as one of substantial influence and inspiration for her, which is often times shown through her use of vibrant colours and dramatic symbolism. In addition, Diego Rivera, a prominent Mexican painter whom Kahlo later married and divorced, had a great influence on Kahlo’s painting style. Kahlo had always admired Rivera’s work, his positive and encouraging comments towards Kahlo’s paintings strengthened Kahlo’s wish to pursue a career as an artist. Rivera was one of Kahlo’s greatest influences both positively and negatively. The pain and anguish was a familiar feeling for her due to their damaged relationship. Kahlo, once quote, said, “I suffered two grave accidents in my life…One in which a streetcar knocked me down and the other was Diego.” The despair and suffer became two familiar and consistent elements throughout her

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