FRIDA KAHLO- SELF-PORTRAITS, PAIN & PASSION

 
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Frida Kahlo is one of those artists that transcends arts culture. Her work is widely known among the art crowd and the non art crowd alike. She's a true icon. 

I remember when I first started really learning about Kahlo's work when I was in school. She was so incredibly beautiful, so incredibly talented and so incredibly pained. Her sparkling eyes and iconic brows pulled you deep into her world. Looking at her self-portraits felt intimate, soothing and uncomfortable all at the same time. 

So, for my very first Woman Crush Wednesday piece, I'm highlighting Frida Kahlo, an artist who may be gone, but will never be forgotten. 


Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist who is widely remembered for her self-portraits. She has become synonymous with Mexican culture and feminism. 

Frida suffered a painful and tragic childhood, endured 30 operations and grew to create a collection of almost 200 paintings, 55 which are self-portraits. 

She had a turbulent relationship with famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. 

Like many artists, her fame began to grow after her death and she is now considered one of Mexico's greatest artists. 

In her work. she pays homage to Mexico with her use of bold and vibrant colors and use of traditional Mexican imagery. Her work is intensely personal and gives the viewer a peek into the soul of a tortured artist. 

To this day, she represents strength, empowerment and courage for women, the latin community and all who take the time to learn from the legacy that she left behind. 

She was just as romantic with words as she was with was with canvas. You can check out some of her most eloquent quotes below: 

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“I think that little by little I'll be able to solve my problems and survive.”

“I am my own muse, I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.”

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“I paint flowers so they will not die.”

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“I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
WCWSamantha McKinneyWCW, art