Frida Kahlo


Women's History Month - March 26th

Frida Kahlo is known as a Mexican painter whose work is noted for its “pain and passion” through its use of intense, vibrant colors. Her work has been embraced in Mexico for its symbols of national and indigenous tradition. She has also been praised by feminists for her unrelenting depiction of the female experience and form. Kahlo’s initial plan was not to be an artist, but at age eighteen she was critically injured in a bus accident, and during her lengthy recovery she began to paint. The injuries she suffered contributed to a lifelong battle with her physical health as well as an inspiration for her art. Her works were mostly self-portraits and occasionally still life images with purposeful naivety coupled with the use of the colors and forms of Mexican art. In the course of her lifetime, Kahlo created around two hundred paintings, drawings and sketches portraying her life experiences: physical and emotional pain, and her tumultuous relationship with Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. When asked why she painted herself so often, Kahlo responded, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”