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“Painting completed my life” – Frida Kahlo

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Frida's first self portrait painted in 1926 as a gift to her boyfriend Alejandro

Frida’s first self portrait painted in 1926 as a gift to her boyfriend Alejandro

Frida Kahlo is one of Mexico’s most famous artists. While visiting Mexico City, my mom and I looked forward to visiting Frida’s home, Casa Azul. Casa Azul is the home Frida grew up in and where she passed in the year 1954. She lived here with her husband, Diego Rivera, also known for his painting. This beautiful home has become a museum and tribute to this fascinating artist.

Casa Azul, located in Coyocoan, Mexico City

Casa Azul, located in Coyocoan, Mexico City

Inner courtyard, Casa Azul

Inner courtyard, Casa Azul

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Kitchen

Kitchen

When Frida was 18 she was in a terrible bus accident, she had to remain in bed due to her injuries. A mirror was placed above her bed allowing her to paint her 1st self portrait.

At age 18, Frida was in a terrible bus accident, where she injured her back and pelvis. she had to remain in bed due to her injuries. Her parents gifted her some paints and a mirror was placed above her bed allowing her to paint her 1st self portrait. In her home she had two beds, one she used during the daytime (shown here), the other she slept in during the evening.

Evening bedroom of Kahlo

Evening bedroom of Kahlo

Despite the pain the accident had caused her, Frida was strong and brave. She used art to show how she felt.

Despite the pain the accident had caused her, Frida was strong and brave. She used art as a way to express her emotions.

Frida's painting studio

Frida’s painting studio

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Frida's still life painting

Frida’s still life painting

Frida's sketchings image image

Frida passed before finishing this family portrait, she had two older sisters and one younger

Frida passed before finishing this family portrait, her parents are in the center and her three sisters are by her side, it is unknown who the unfinished faces belong to.

Frida also had a disease called Polio when she was 6 years old, this caused her legs to be two different lengths.

Frida also had a disease called Polio when she was 6 years old, this caused her legs to be two different lengths.

Frida was also known for her fashion. It was thought that she wore loose, comfortable clothing to hide the pain

Frida was also known for her colorful, traditional fashion. It was thought that she wore loose, comfortable clothing to hide the pain.

Frida also may have been influenced by the indigenous clothing worn by her mother as shown in this photo of her mother as a child

Frida also may have been influenced by the indigenous clothing worn by her mother as shown in this photo of her mother as a child

Frida Kahlo's unique style

Frida Kahlo’s unique style

Diego Rivera's bedroom in the home and his painting overalls.

Diego Rivera’s bedroom in the home and his painting overalls.

Diego's painting studio next to Frida's.

Diego’s painting studio next to Frida’s.

Photograph taken of Frida.

Photograph taken of Frida.

One thought on ““Painting completed my life” – Frida Kahlo

  1. I went to the museum as well in July, it truly amazed me and really inspirational how she used several tragic life changes to stand out. I am sure it wasnt easy but she was inspirational and the museum was a great walk through of her life!

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