Background on Frida Kahlo *Frida Kahlo was born July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán, Mexico to Guillermo Kahlo, a Hungarian/German-Jewish father and Matilde Calderon y Gonzalez, a Spanish and Mexican Indian mother.
Events in Frida’s Life At age 6, Frida was struck with polio affecting the use of her right leg Completion of her primary education at the Colegio Aleman, Mexico's German school in 1922 September 17, 1925 bus was stuck broadside by a trolley car on her way home from school.
Cont’ Events in Frida’s Life Frida’s 1st self portrait was “Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress”, which was her interpretation of Botticelli's "Venus” In 1928, Frida Met Diego Rivera for the first time and Diego became a frequent visitor of the Blue House. August 21, 1929, Frida and Diego had a civil ceremony in Coyoacán.
April of 1932, Diego and Frida moved to Detroit where Rivera had been awarded a commission from the Ford Motor Company to paint a mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts
July 4th, was hospitalized because Frida became pregnant once again but after only three and a half months her second pregnancy ended in miscarriage at the Henry Ford Hospital.
Cont’ Events in Frida’s Life September 15, 1932, Frida’s mother dies In early 1934, Frida has a third pregnancy 1937, Russian revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky arrives in Mexico, and he and Kahlo have an affair. Kahlo also befriended Pablo Picasso, writer Andre Breton and the Rockefeller family during her lifetime.
Cont’ Events in Frida’s Life 1939, Kahlo and Rivera divorce. 1940, Rivera leaves Mexico for San Francisco. Kahlo follows him, and the couple remarries. 1941,Guillermo Kahlo dies. Kahlo and Rivera return to live in Coyoacan.
Final Years in Frida’s Life In 1950, Kahlo's physical condition worsens, and she is hospitalized in Mexico City for one year. In 1953, Kahlo has her first solo exhibition in Mexico On July 13,1954, Kahlo dies in her sleep
Quotes by Frida Herself "The only thing I know...is that I paint because I need to.""I paint my own reality…I paint what ever passes through my head without any other consideration.""I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone... because I am the subjectI know best." "I've done my paintings well, not quickly but patiently, and they have a message of pain in them..." ....Frida Kahlo