Frida Kahlo


By F Guzzardi
When analyzing the profiles of famous people with disabilities, tends to emphasize the aspect of "heroic" character and   the dark side and difficult. In the case of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, disability has been disguised by its ability to sublimate the pain in personal works of art that are appreciated regardless of its extraordinary biography.

His life was intense and cruel. characterized by strong emotions and torments that procured depression. But his art is a testimony of the success achieved that saves it from being considered to be a "victim" that a '' icon with disabilities ", in spite of a patriarchal culture, of an unfaithful husband and a horrible accident that could have been nourish the myth of "tragic heroine".


She was a woman with a disability who from the outset faced her plight opposing Doom, able to transform the immobility opportunities in artistic and subsequently to transform suffering into art. The pain depicted in his paintings is never tragic, if anything bold and vivid: Frida draws the strength and the weakness of mankind.
 
The numerous self-portraits, unusual and full of color, make us perceive what this woman's body wound, was central to his ar and in his life

Frida was a woman with a special force, you probably need to have to address both the health problems that the most strictly personal. The thirty have undergone surgical operations, some non-essential from a medical point of view, or the fury with which he sought to accomplish three pregnancies, without success, showing the determination to overcome the barrier of his frail body, considered an obstacle to his strong personality and the enormous thirst for life.

Even the relationship with the famous painter Diego Rivera, which caused more pain than joy, brings out the intense passion with which he was able to deal with the drift frustrating and turn this obsession into a loving bond almost mystical. In the pages of his diary, kept over the last ten years of his life, Frida declares his passion unreservedly to her husband, and only after the amputation of his right leg, a year before his death, it appears the inevitable discomfort that makes her feel inadequate and eager to leave.


Frida Kahlo was born in 1907 in Coyoacán, then a suburb of Mexico City. The mother had mestizo origins, father, photographer, was born in Baden-Baden. His parents, in fact, Hungarian Jews had emigrated to Germany.
The relationship with his father was characterized by great admiration and affection and when he painted the portrait, he added on the bottom of it the words: "I pictured my father Wilhelm Kahlo, original Hungarian-German artist and photographer by profession, character generous, intelligent, noble and courageous, because, although it has suffered from epilepsy for sixty years, he never stopped working and fought against Hitler, with admiration. His daughter Frida Kahlo. "



Mexican painter noted for her intense, brilliantly coloured self-portraits painted in a primitivistic style. Though she denied the connection, she is often identified as a Surrealist. She was married to muralist Diego Rivera (1929, separated 1939, remarried 1941).


In 1925 Kahlo was involved in a bus accident that so seriously injured her that she had to undergo some 35 medical operations. During her slow recovery from the trauma, Kahlo taught herself to paint. She showed her early efforts to Rivera, whom she had met a few years earlier, and he encouraged her to continue to paint. After their marriage, Kahlo traveled (1930–33) with Rivera, who had received commissions for murals from several cities in the United States. In 1938 she met André Breton, a leading Surrealist, who championed her work; both Breton and Marcel Duchamp were influential in arranging for some of the exhibits of her work in the United States and Europe. In 1943 she was appointed a professor of painting at La Esmeralda, the Education Ministry's School of Fine Arts. Her house in Coyoacán is now the Frida Kahlo Museum. The Diary of Frida Kahlo, covering the years 1944–54, and The Letters of Frida Kahlo were both published in 1995.


Frida Kahlo de Rivera,  original name  Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón  
born July 6, 1907, Coyoacán, Mex.
died
July 13, 1954, Coyoacán

 

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