Frida Kahlo : An Extremely Well Know Painter

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Frida Kahlo is an extremely well know painter, not only in Hispanic culture but also worldwide. She he best know for her very popular self-portraits, but there is much more to learn somewhat less visited, unique surrealism pieces of work. Kahlo was born in Mexico in 1907. She grew up along side The Mexican Revolution, which started in 1910. Aside from this, she suffered a number of other grievances by the time she reached 18 years old that would affect the rest of her life. When she was young she contracted polio, then later was in a brutal car accident that left her with extended injuries that lasted the rest of her life and resulted in her to not be able to have children. This life-altering incident became the subject of many of her paintings. When looking at the tree paintings “Self-Portrait with Monkey” (1938), “The Two Fridas” (1939) and “The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Me, and Senor Xolotl” (1949), it is easy to feel the impact of her work. Kahlo was extremely politically active in social issues that were occurring during her time and within her culture. Aside from painting images expressing her physical injuries, another one of her major subjects represented her Mexican heritage and culture; and it was not always in a positive light. Kahlo always presented herself in native Mexican attire. She always wore bright colors and vibrant long skirts, even when she didn’t feel very lively physically. This type of costume is shown in almost all of her

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