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Title Page Whitehorse Elementary School Famous Artists by Linda’s grade 5 Frida Kahlo by Sophia

His/Her Life: 

His/Her Life Her Life Frida Kahlo had a rough life. She was born July 6, 1907, but she gave her birthdate as July 7, 1910. Her family’s house was La Casa Azul, meaning the Blue House. That’s where she was born, La Casa Azul was in Coyoacán, Mexico. Her parents were Guillermo and Matilda Kahlo. Guillermo built the Blue House. She had two sisters. When Frida was 5 she was struck with polio. Her right got thinner than her left leg permanently. Because of the polio, her parents wanted to make her leg stronger. So they put her in sports like soccer, swimming, biking, and boxing. Other kids called her “ Frida peg leg”. She wore long dresses and pants to hide her leg, because she didn’t want people to think she was different, or feel sorry for her, or make fun of her. As a kid she was curious about nature and science. She always brought things home like plants, rocks, insects, even little animals to study. Her dad encouraged her to learn. He was a professional photographer, and an amateur artist. So he taught her how to use a camera, and about Mexican art and architecture. Frida Kahlo’s childhood was very interesting.

His/Her Life: 

His/Her Life When Frida Kahlo was a teenager she was a troublemaker. Frida got accepted to one of the nicest schools in Mexico, which was Escuela Nacional Preparatoria (National Preparatory School) in Mexico City. The school had just started letting in girls. Frida was one of 35 girls of 2,000 students. She turned into a tomboy. She played tricks on the professors. Diego Rivera, the famous muralist came to the school to paint a mural. Frida aggravated him while he was working. On September 17, 1925 when Frida was 18, she went through a horrendous bus accident. The bus ran into a trolley. Her boyfriend, Alejandro Gómez Arias found her with a pole through her abdomen. The doctors thought they couldn’t save her. Frida had broken her spinal column, her collarbone, her ribs, her pelvis, and got 11 fractures in her right leg. Her right foot was dislocated and crushed, plus her shoulder was out of joint. Frida was coerced to lay flat on her back for a month in a plaster cast in a boxlike structure. Her strength permitted survival and a splendid recovery. She started painting then, because it was one of the only things that she could do on her back. Eventually she was able to walk again. After she got out of the hospital she didn’t go back to school. Frida went through tons of pain throughout her lifetime.

His/Her Life: 

His/Her Life Frida Kahlo cherished her family. She married the famous muralist, Diego Rivera on August 21, 1929. Their marriage was called “the union between an elephant and a dove”. Diego was large and fat, but Frida was small and slender. They divorced once in 1940, it only lasted a year. When they were separated, Frida did some of her best paintings. Frida liked Diego’s work and honoured his talent. Diego liked Frida’s work. He was born on December 8 and died on November 25. Matilda, Frida’s mom didn’t want Frida to marry Diego. One of Frida’s best friends was Tina Modotti. She was an actress from Italy, born on August 16, 1890. Frida Kahlo adored her family and friends. Frida Kahlo loved her country so much. She lived in Mexico, during the Mexican Revolution. The famous artists painted a lot about the Mexican war. Her husband Diego Rivera encouraged her to wear more traditional Mexican clothing and paint with Mexican colors. Frida journeyed to America a bit with Diego, but she hated it. She hated the poverty and the wealth. She thought that it was overcrowded and filled with factories, garbage and pollution. She was very happy when she got back to Mexico. Mexico had a big impact on Frida Kahlo. Frida Kahlo didn’t have that much education as an artist. Before the bus accident she wanted to be a doctor. But since she started painting she became an artist. At first she was her own teacher. She studied her dad’s art books. Frida taught art at “La Esmerelda”, and her students became known as Las Fridas. Frida Kahlo was an admirable painter.

His/Her Life: 

His/Her Life Frida’s health was a serious problem. She had around 35 operations in her life. Frida started taking drugs and alcohol to ease the pain. In the end she decided to enjoy life as much as possible. She got gangrene, her right leg had to be amputated below the knee. Frida was depressed and attempted suicide. Her thick unibrow became her trademark. She drank tequila, and went to parties. People were amazed at her beauty. She was also suspected of killing Leon Trotsky. Frida had to get abortions, because her body couldn’t handle a baby. She also spent lots of time dressing up and doing her hair. Her friends said that after she was done dressing up she looked like a painting herself. Towards the end of her life she was on her back in her bed a lot so she painted fruit that were put on the bedside table. Frida Kahlo went through lots of pain during her life. Frida Kahlo died at a very early age. She died in 1954, age 47, in Coyoacán, Mexico. Frida died in her sleep. They think she might have committed suicide. The last words in her diary were “I hope the leaving is joyful, and I hope never to return”. Frida Kahlo had a hard but interesting life.

Artist’s Art: 

Artist’s Art Her Art Frida Kahlo had amazing art. The period in which Frida painted was Mexicanismo. The artists in Mexico liked to paint about their Mexican culture. The famous muralists at that time were David Siqueiros, José Orozco, and Diego Rivera. It was probably a very interesting period of time. Frida Kahlo didn’t use many different kinds of mediums. She used mostly oil paints and pencils. If she was using oil paints then she’d paint on masonite. But if she was using pencils she’d draw on paper. Frida didn’t use much variety.

Artist’s Art: 

Artist’s Art Frida Kahlo painted a lot of the same things. Her most famous works were self-portraits. She painted herself because she was the subject she knew best. In her self-portraits the things that surrounded her were the things that were important to her. She liked to paint plants, forests, and animals. Frida loved to paint herself in costumes and jewelry. She also liked to paint ancient gods and idols only found in Mexico. Frida had to paint unpleasant things about her life to get through some hard times, like her marriages, her miscarriages, her pain. She was also interested in folk art. Frida Kahlo liked to paint herself a lot. Frida Kahlo had very interesting artwork. Her work was very different than others, because of what she painted. She painted all of her emotions. Her art was at times, shocking. Frida’s art was admired by Kandinsky and Picasso. Everybody thought she was a surrealist, but she said she painted her own reality. Frida Kahlo was an extraordinary artist.

Accomplishments: 

Accomplishments Her Accomplishments Frida Kahlo wasn’t very well-known. One of her famous paintings was The Two Fridas. It was painted in 1939. The size is 80x80 cm or 31.5 x31.5 inches. Her painting is now in the Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno. The painting is of her doubled, but they have different hearts. I don’t really like it. One of the paintings that I really like is Self-portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky. It’s oil on masonite. The painting was done in 1937. The size is 30x20 inches. It’s her in a beautiful dress. Frida Kahlo has done some great paintings. Frida Kahlo has done amazing things. In 1953 she had an exhibition in Mexico. She was in the hospital and couldn’t go. But she got motorcycled on a stretcher to the exhibit. Frida Kahlo was kind of crazy. Frida Kahlo was a wonderful artist. Her work got to be as well-known as her husband Diego’s. One of her fans was Madonna. Frida Kahlo was a superb artist.

Conclusion: 

Conclusion Frida Kahlo had excellent art. The subjects that she painted made her art unique. She had to go through tons of pain in her life. But I think she was pretty happy towards the end of her life. Frida Kahlo was a crazy, but remarkable person.

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