Frida Kahlo was an amazing woman whose many tragedies influenced her to put her stories into her paintings. She was born in July 6th 1907 to a Mexican Roman Catholic mother who was of Indian and Spanish decent and a German photographer father. Frida had three sisters, Mitilde and Adriana, who were older and Christina who was younger. She learned about Mexican history, art and architecture by looking at her father’s photography. When Frida was six she got polio and it was a long time before she would heal completely. After surviving polio, Frida’s right leg became weak and thin, so her father encouraged her to play sports to help her.
Frida was a very smart girl even though she missed a lots of school due to the polio. She had a photographic memory and learned to speak Spanish, English, and German. She was so smart her parents enrolled her in the National Preparatory School in Mexico City. This was where she would eventually meet Diego Rivera who was famous for his murals. Frida would watch him work on his mural at her school.
After school one day in September she took a bus home from Mexico City to Coyoacin. This is the day that would change her life forever. The bus she was on was hit by a street car and the bus was crushed. One of the arm rails from the bus seat went through Frida’s hip and out her genitals. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance and doctors did not think she would survive. Frida’s spinal column and many other bones were broken and smashed. She was no longer able to go to school to be a doctor since the accident left her as an invalid. She was to stay in the hospital for a month in a full body cast. When Frida finally went home to heal, she was still in the full body cast. Unfortunately, her bones woul...
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...1953 it was. Frida was told that she was not healthy enough to go to the exhibition, but she had none of that. She had her bed taken to the gallery and traveled by ambulance to get there. She kept painting after the exhibit and in July 1954, Frida passed away from health issues. Her paintings remain beautiful pieces of work to this day.
Frida was an amazing artist and courageous women. Through all the heartaches and tragedies she went through during her life, she managed to stay strong and follow her dreams of being a well know artist and painter. She was a beautiful and incredible artist with such creativity and heart. To see such raw emotion come from someone who went through hell and back, she remained true to herself. I wish I had half the passion she did for life.
Fabiny, Sarah. Who is Frida Kahlo? New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 2013.
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