04/01/2022 by Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
Happy New Year/ Frida Kahlo
Good Morning & Happy New year,
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Today's blog is about one of the most inspiring female artists of modern times... Frida Kahlo. I received a 'Frida Kahlo cushion' from my wonderful friend Steph. This has inspired me to write about her
It is in 2 parts as she had such an interesting life and there's so much to write.
Enjoy the blog, please share and leave a comment.
Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon was born in 1907. She died in 1954 in the same suburb she had been born in - Coyoacan, on the outskirts of Mexico City.
She had, however, filled her 47 years with life, and taken on an epic journey of artistic and personal discovery.
In the 1900s, Coyoacan was virtually a village, on the very edge of the city's sprawl. It was famous for its lively, liberal, arty ambience - Mexico's answer to Montmartre, or Greenwich Village. Young Frida spent her early childhood there, with her Mexican mother and German father, in the Casa Azul or 'Blue House' - which has bright blue outside walls, and today is the location of the Frida Kahlo Museum.
Frida's art was to be celebrated for the frankness with which it engaged with her own physicality and explored the relationship women had with their own bodies. She learned early on that her life could be compromised by pain and the way she was perceived by disfigurement. Polio she contracted at the age of 6 left her right leg wizened, local children cruelly derided the resulting limp.
The illness left Frida isolated but brought her closer to her father, whose own life had been badly hampered by his epilepsy. Guillermo initiated her into all his artistic and intellectual interests - everything from poetry to nature study, and also physical exercise and sports.
Disaster struck a second time when in September 1925, the bus Frida was coming home from school in was in a crash. She broke both legs, two ribs, and her collarbone. Worse than this - she was spiked through the pelvis by a bent handrail and suffered serious damage to her spine. Not only did her injuries leave her feeling grotesque, but they also condemned her to a lifetime's chronic pain.
In 1928, Frida had a life-changing meeting with the painter Diego Rivera ( 1886-1957). Twenty years her senior, he was famous both as a painter and a leftist revolutionary. They soon began a relationship and within a year were married. He was to be a devoted - if not a faithful - husband. He believed completely in her talent as an artist.
Part 2 next week.