Frida Kahlo: The Life of an Artist


Frida Kahlo was an amazing artist. Her work explores issues that affected herself with honesty and integrity, which is why her paintings are held in such high regard. She was born in Coyoacan, Mexico City in 1907 and died in 1954 aged just 47. She contracted polio when a toddler and was involved in a major traffic accident when in her teens. Both events had a profound effect on her life and work. Her paintings often explore the consequences of these events.

She married the artist Diego Rivera and had a turbulent relationship with him. Frida married him when she was 22 and later divorced him, only to remarry him a year later. The video explores her whole life and the paintings that she produced. Frida Kahlo painted many self-portraits which explored her feelings and emotions including her three miscarriages. Some of the themes explored in the video might not be suitable for young children.

IMAGES: It would not be possible to tell the story of Frida Kahlo without the images of these great photographers: Wilhelm Kahlo, Lucienne Bloch and Gisèle Freund. Thank you

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