Magdalena Carmen Frieda Calderon born to Matilde Calderon y Gonzales and Guillermo Kahlo was born at a time of artistic and political revolution. She used her unique features and the movements around as inspirations for her artwork. Her birth in 1907 was just three years before the beginnings of the Mexican Revolution (later she changed her birth year to 1910, to coincide with the beginning of the revolution). Although she didn’t know it when she was young, the revolution and everything around it would impact her life and her artwork immensely.
Frida was born to Guillermo Kahlo and Matilde Calderon y Gonzales on July 6, 1907. She grew up with three sisters in the Blue House, which she later continues to live and paint into her artwork. When Frida was six she was hospitalized with polio, during her recovery her right leg became permanently deformed and when she returned to school, was called “peg leg” by her classmates (Brooks, Mike “Chronology”). In 1920 the surrealist and art deco movements begin, the surrealist movement lasts throughout most of Frida’s lifetime, "Really I do not know whether my paintings are surrealist or not, but I do know that they are the frankest expression of myself," Frida once wrote. (“The Life and Times…Honestly Frida”). Later in her teens Frida became an apprentice to her father and his colleagues in their photography studio, they began to show her how to draw and copy works of Anders Zorn, this was her first real experience with art.
Frida soon was hospitalized again after a bus accident that severely injured her pelvic bone and spinal column this disrupts her ability to ever have children. Frida was devastated by the long-term consequences of her injuries; she created a birth certifica...
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...e House” her ashes were also kept in this house. The influence left by her paintings has outlived her and will continue to do so. “Frida never allowed apparent facts – her own birth certificate, for instance – to get in the way of a higher truth; the truth in this case being that she and modern Mexico were inextricably bound in both revolution and renaissance.” (“The Life and Times… Honestly Frida”)
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