Frida’s life is known to have start and ended in what is known as “The Blue House” built by her father . Frida was born in Coyoacan, Mexican, which is a suburb of Mexico City. Although her birth certificate states her birthday July 6, 1907, years later she claimed that her birth date was July 7th, 1910 to correspond with the date the Mexican Revolution Began. Coming from parents with different background, Frida decided to change the German spelling of her name from Frieda to Frida. Her father as well changed his name from Wilhelm Kahlo to a more Spanish descent Guillermo Kahlo.
Frida’s life was full of hardship from the beginning of her life, when her mother was unable to breast feed her and had to hire an Indian nurse to her case of polio at age six. When diagnosed with polio, it stunted the growth of her leg and grew very thin. Her father made every effort to try and help Frida by helping her exercise regularly but her foot stayed deformed. She tried many things to try to cover her deformed leg by wearing pants or double socks. Childhood classmates would also tease her by calling her “peg-leg Frida”. During her accident that took place in Sept. 1925, it was an event that would changed her life forever. Frida went through 30 operations and was told would not be able to carry a baby full-term due to the damage that was done due to the accident which consisted of multiple injuries, such as a broken pelvic bone, spinal column, and other severe injuries and survival was at risk. It was also then when Frida was given her first paint brush from her father, an amateur painter since it was going to take months to recuperate.
Frida Kahlo<br />By: Charlotte Palomo<br />
Background on Frida Kahlo<br />*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. <br />
Events in Frida’s Life<br />At age 6, Frida was struck with polio affecting the use of her right leg<br />Completion of her primary education at the Colegio Aleman, Mexico's German school in 1922<br />September 17, 1925 bus was stuck broadside by a trolley car on her way home from school.<br />
Cont’ Events in Frida’s Life<br />Frida’s 1st self portrait was “Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress”, which was her interpretation of Botticelli's "Venus”<br />In 1928, Frida Met Diego Rivera for the first time and Diego became a frequent visitor of the Blue House.<br />August 21, 1929, Frida and Diego had a civil ceremony in Coyoacán.<br />
Cont’ Events in Frida’s Life<br /><ul><li> 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.</li></li></ul><li>Cont’ Events in Frida’s Life<br />September 15, 1932, Frida’s mother dies<br />In early 1934, Frida has a third pregnancy<br /> 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. <br />
Cont’ Events in Frida’s Life<br />1939, Kahlo and Rivera divorce.<br />1940, Rivera leaves Mexico for San Francisco. Kahlo follows him, and the couple remarries.<br />1941,Guillermo Kahlo dies. Kahlo and Rivera return to live in Coyoacan.<br />
Final Years in Frida’s Life<br />In 1950, Kahlo's physical condition worsens, and she is hospitalized in Mexico City for one year.<br />In 1953, Kahlo has her first solo exhibition in Mexico<br />On July 13,1954, Kahlo dies in her sleep<br />
Surrealist </li></li></ul><li>Frida’s Still Life Work<br />Magnolias<br />Still Life w/ Prickly Pears<br />Viva La Vida, 1954<br />Weeping Coconuts<br />
Movie Made in Remembrance of Frida Kahlo<br />
Quotes by Frida Herself<br />"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." <br />"I've done my paintings well, not quickly but patiently, and they have a message of pain in them..."<br />....Frida Kahlo <br />
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