2015-16 Oct – Frida Kahlo

January 18th, 2016

Frida Kahlo –Mexican painter 

Docent training on September 24th    (For Oct)­   Training session is held in the library at 7:00PM.

kahlo1Frida Kahlo was born in Coyoacan, Mexico in 1907 and died in 1954. She was a painter who mostly painted self-portraits, portraits of friends and family, and still-lifes. Her work features brilliant colors, symbolism, and themes of Mexican culture. Kahlo was influential to the development of Mexican art and culture after the Mexican Revolution. Kahlo was married to a famous Mexican muralist named Diego Rivera. Both Kahlo and Rivera wanted to express the unique qualities of Mexican culture, myth and rituals before the Spanish conquest brought Spanish customs to Mexico and were concerned for Mexican peasants, and advocated better conditions from them and expressed this in her art. Kahlo suffered from many injuries during a tragic bus accident when she was 18 years old and she learned to paint from her bed while recovering from these injuries. During her life she had many surgeries do to her injuries from the accident and her paintings frequently included symbols that represented both her physical and emotional experiences. She was sometimes considered a surrealist painter because her paintings had a dream-like quality, but Frida disagreed, saying, “I paint my reality.”

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Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter, Kristen Woronoff
Me, Frida, Amy Novesky
Frida, Jonah Winter (Spanish)
Una niña llamada Frida Kahlo, Gustavo Sáinz (Spanish)


Washington, DC
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Smithsonian Archives of American Art
New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA
Museum of Modern Art
Mexico City
La Casa Azul, Museo Frida Kahlo

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