Art, Love And Defiance

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Art, Love and Defiance Throughout the 20th century, women struggled to take their place as female artists. One artist who has become very well-known and admired for her bravery and talent is Frida Kahlo. Her art was greatly inspired by her indigenous Mexican culture, she brought bright colors and dramatic symbolism to her works. She primarily painted bold self-portraits, and brought her own personal experiences to life through her artwork. The life of Frida Kahlo is one of love, suffering, and talent. Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon was born on July 6, 1907 in a small town on the outskirts of Mexico City called Coyoacan. Kahlo was born in her family home that was known as “La Casa Azul”, meaning The Blue House. Her mother, Matilde Caldron y Gonzalez, was a devout catholic who came from Spanish and Native Mexican descent. Her father, Guillermo Kahlo, was a German Jewish immigrant. Kahlo was the third daughter out of four total siblings and she had two step sisters. She grew up surrounded my women, yet she remained very close to her father. Her father thought she was the smartest of all of his daughters and most like him. At the age of 6, Kahlo contracted Polio which left her right leg thinner than her left. To disguise her frail leg, she started wearing long skirts and dresses. After continually bathing her leg in water scented with walnut, she slowly recovered. In 1922 Kahlo was enrolled in one of Mexico’s premier
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