Frida Kahlo 's Work Of Self Portraits

2085 Words Dec 13th, 2016 9 Pages
Frida Kahlo, born in 1907 and died by 1953, was a mexican painter and feminist icon known for her self portraits. Not only is she most known for her work of self portraits, but for painting her traumatic and psychologically painful events from her early childhood all the way to her death. The self taught artist took advantage of her raw talent and mixed it with her personal tragedy to create often disturbing yet intriguing images giving the audience insight to her personal life. Frida Kahlo said “I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” Kahlo used art as an outlet and transcended her pain onto a canvas to create a visual autobiographical journal of her own life from the painful beginning to the tragic end. Artist Frida Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón on July 6, 1907, in Coyocoán, Mexico City, Mexico. Kahlo grew up in her family’s home in which was later called Casa Azul. Her father, Wilhelm, was a German photographer who had immigrated to Mexico. It was there where he met Kahlo’s mother, Matilde, and they married. She had three sisters, Matilde, Adriana, and Christina. At the mere age of 6, Kahlo contracted polio which forced her to be bedridden for a total of nine months. Her physical ailment became apparent when her body became lopsided due to the deformity in her legs. She was often teased in school by classmates and was called ‘Frida Peg Leg.’ A child, used the support of her father to gain back her confidence and strength…
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