Happy Birthday Frida Kahlo

June 6, 1907 an artist was born.  I’ve always admired Frida Kahlo.  I felt her life was extremely tragic and her life utterly fascinating.  She lived a majority of her life in extreme pain which she portrayed through her artwork.  I had seen her exhibit “Frida Kahlo y su Mundo” this March in Brussels, Belgium while visiting family. The exhibit was amazing and just solidified my admiration for her.

A majority of her work are self-portraits where she illustrates her pain in various ways.  She developed polio as a child which left her with one leg shorter and thinner than the other leaving her with a limp.  She was also in a bus accident and she was frequently bedridden and in between states of life and death.

Her relationship with artist Diego Rivera was also a roller coaster ride. They married. Divorced. Married again.  He was a womanizer and even cheated on her with her own sister!  But Frida wasn’t an angel herself.  She cheated on him with Leon Trotsky, Josephine Baker and more.

If you want to learn more about her check out her website and/or watch the film Frida Salma Hayek played her.  The film also won 2 Oscars so it’s pretty good.

Frida Quotes:

“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”

“I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.”

“The art of Frida Kahlo is a ribbon around a bomb.” [Andre Breton about Frida Kahlo]

Her last words in her dairy were, “I hope the end is joyful; and hope never to return.”

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