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The life of this painter, is one of tragedy, love, passion, and betrayal. She lived a different life than most females of her time. Showing how that others where not alone in their problems and struggles. I present the biographical history of: Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo:

Frida Kahlo Painter 1907-1954

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Born July 6, 1907. Although Frida gave her birthdate as July 7, 1910 so it would match the year of the start of the Mexican revolution. At age six she was diagnosed with polio making one leg much smaller than the other one. Causing her to permanently have problems while walking.

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Much of her work was influenced by Mexican and American culture. Having her work described as "surrealist". Much of her work was well known for it's emblemism of her country. Accepted by feminists for her amazing depictions of female form and experience.

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Many of Frida's paintings were influence by her being unable to have children.

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Frida's works are found in the following museums: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Fundacion Proa, Frida Kahlo museum, Harry Ransom Center, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Museo Dolores Olmedo, Museo De Arte Moderno, Museum of Modern Art, Phoenix art Musem, San Fransico Museum of Modern Art. Painting by Frida Kahlo, the suicide of Dorothy Hale.

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Much of the pain and suffering from her accident is expressed through her paintings.

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A life changing moment was in 1925, Frida was riding in a bus when the bus collided with a trolley car. Suffering a broken spinal column, collarbone, ribs, pelvis, crushed right foot, and a dislocated shoulder. This accident changed her life dramatically, during the wreck her abdomen and uterus were punctured by a handrail. This damaged her reproductive system and she was not able to have children.

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Through her time of recovery she had thirty five different operations. Spending 3 months in a full body cast took its toll of Frida but she recovered from her injuries except her reproductive system. Although Frida recovered from her injuries she continued to have relapses of pain throughout her life, this pain shows in her paintings quite often.

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The accident is what lead Frida to begin painting, using painting as an escape from her pain and immobilization during her healing process. Perfecting her self portraits during her healing process. "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best." She had a special easel made so she could paint while in bed.

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Frida had a total of 143 paintings which 55 of them were self portraits. Using her injuries and miscarriages as a huge influence to many of her portraits. She was popular with feminist because the many could relate to her pain and suffering she portrayed throught her paintings. "I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality."

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Kahlo Incorporated the monkey into many of her paintings, influenced by Mexican culture. The monkey symbolizes lust in Mexican mythology. Self portrait (monkeys included)

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Other than Frida's accident, the single biggest influence on her art was her marriage to Diego Rivera a well known Mexican painter. Although their marriage was trouble from the start. They were both known to be extremely irritable, also affairs ran wild in this marriage. Frida had affairs with both men and women, although she became furious when she found out Diego had an affiar with her younger sister. They Divorced in November 1939, remarried December 1940.

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Frida lived until she was 47 when she passed away of a pulmonary embolism. Having lost her right leg in recent years to gangrene and having fought a few illnesses she was in a very frail state. One of the last quotes in her diary makes one wonder if the rumors of her death being an overdose easier to beilieve. "I hope the exit is joyful and I hope I never have to return"

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As you see many of her photo's are self portraits, that are unflattering  although  I feel Frida had always dealt with low self esteem. I say this because she always painted herself less attractive than she actually was or with injuries.

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Frida Kahlo's work really shares a story with it's viewers, many might not understand without knowing her story. Her story is what makes her photo's great, many people battle over self esteem and not liking what they see in the mirror. (Her injuries and lack of children really effected her entire life) Feminist's were drawn to her true to life photo's of what it is like to struggle through life as a female.

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Many regard this as her most original and famous piece "The Wounded Table".

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