March is Art is Education Month: “Tell us Your Story”—Frida Kahlo
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Librarian X
Artist Frida Kahlo is famous for doing self-portraits—she told the story of her life in oil paintings. Born in Coyoacan, Mexico in 1907, Kahlo endured much pain in her life—she contracted polio at the age of 6, and in 1925, was in an accident where the bus she was riding ran into a trolley car. The injuries from that accident lasted a lifetime, and were reflected in her work. Kahlo started painting while recovering, and gave up the study of medicine: “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” She painted her first self-portrait in 1926, and went on to do 55 very personal self-portraits. Some say painting helped her deal with the tragedy and pain in her personal life (she was married to muralist Diego Rivera twice), as a form of therapy.
Frida Kahlo died in 1954 at the age of 47, but will live forever in her paintings.
For further reading:
Frida Kahlo (2003), by John Morrison
Frida Kahlo (c2006)