A Place for Frida
Painting with The Masters
Art within Art Series
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11 x 14 Oil Painting of Interior on Canvas
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Poor Frida. She worked so hard and then had a horrific accident that
changed her life forever. She painted in bed on an easel that her mother
had specially made for her. She was alone so much that she used a mirror
and painted many portraits of herself and still life's of food and animals
that she could see immediately around her.
Later in life she married the famous Diego Rivera who encouraged her
as an artist and stood behind her. She seems to have been a very sting woman
in so many ways and had to will to keep going.
his is a tranquil room that I can see her relaxing in with many of her works
adoring the walls around her. Paintings, books and flowers surround her
in the Mexican themed room to give her peace and tranquility.
"I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality."
– Frida Kahlo
Artist Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907, in Coyocoán, Mexico City, Mexico. Considered one of Mexico's greatest artists, Frida Kahlo began painting after she was severely injured in a bus accident. Kahlo later became politically active and married fellow communist artist Diego Rivera in 1929. She exhibited her paintings in Paris and Mexico before her death in 1954.
On September 17, 1925, Kahlo was riding in a bus that collided with a trolley car. She suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident, including a broken spinal column, a broken collar bone, broken ribs, a broken pelvis , eleven fractures in her right leg, a crushed and dislocated right foot, and a dislocated shoulder. Also, an iron handrail pierced her abdomen and her uterus compromising her reproductive capacity.
After the accident, Kahlo abandoned the study of medicine to begin a painting career. She painted to occupy her time during her temporary immobilization. Her self-portraits were a dominant part of her life when she was immobile for three months after her accident. Kahlo once said, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best."
Her mother had a special easel made for her so she could paint in bed, and her father lent her his box of oil paints and some brushes.
Drawn from personal experiences, including her marriage, her miscarriages, and her numerous operations, Kahlo's works are often characterized by their suggestions of pain.
Kahlo created at least 140 paintings, along with dozens of drawings and studies. Of her paintings, 55 are self-portraits which often incorporate symbolic portrayals of physical and psychological wounds. She insisted, "I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality."
Aside from the 1939 acquisition by the Louvre, Kahlo's work was not widely acclaimed until decades after her death. Often she was remembered only as Diego Rivera’s wife. It was not until the end of the 1970s and the early 1980s, when the artistic style in Mexico known as Neomexicanismo began, that she became well-known to the public.
As a young artist, Kahlo communicated with the Mexican painter, Diego Rivera, whose work she admired, asking him for advice about pursuing art as a career. He recognized her talent. He encouraged her artistic development and they began an intimate relationship. They were married in 1929, despite the disapproval of Frida's mother.
interior oil painting, painting of interior
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