Frida Kahlo Legacy Essay

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According to an article from The New York Times, Frida Kahlo once said, “My painting is real; it’s me, it’s my life” (Cotter). Her passion for art started after a terrible streetcar accident she continued to have critical health problems with her spine, right leg, and immune system which propelled her to create unique and eye-opening artwork. Frida overcame physical, mental and emotional problems, but not without a struggle. She portrays her struggles and trials through her artwork which gives an unfiltered version of her reality. This suggests that without her experiences and unfortunate circumstances, she would not have left such an impactful legacy. Her legacy is her life, her life the way she perceives it. When Frida was only 18 years old, she was in a horrible and horrific streetcar accident which included her abdomen getting impaled by a handrail. Once she was found by bystanders and other passengers, she was rushed to the hospital where she was destined to die, or so they thought. Despite her condition, she survived the accident with the contribution of months being bedridden and having many surgeries. She came out of the hospital with depression and a strong desire to die. Once she became well again, she had another relapse and went back for more healing and…show more content…
She was hoping this surgery would free her from the severe back pain but it failed. This painting expressed her disappointment towards the operation. After she went back to Mexico, she suffered both the physical pain and emotional depression. In this painting she depicted herself as a young stag with her own head crowned with antlers. This young stag is pierced by arrows and bleeding. At the lower-left corner, the artist wrote down the word "Carma", which means "destiny" or "fate". Just like her other self-portraits, in this painting Frida expressed the sadness that she cannot change her own fate. (“Frida Kahlo and Her

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