Essay on Frida Kahlo

703 Words Feb 17th, 2008 3 Pages
"They thought I was a surrealist, but I wasn't, I never painted my dreams, I painted my reality." Frida Kahlo
Surrealism is an artistic movement that explored the territory of dreams and the unconscious mind through the creation of visual art. It was officially launched in Paris, France, in 1924, when French writer André Breton wrote the first surrealist manifesto. The movement soon spread to other parts of Europe and to North and South America. One of the most important artists within this movement was a woman called Frida Kahlo.
Frida Kahlo is an artist in many ways. Besides her talent to paint surrealist thoughts on canvas, she also was an artist in her mind and body. She was artistic in the way she portrayed herself and with her
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Frida and become motionless, and in pain. With nothing to do, Frida had begged her father to allow her to use his paints. She never studied art, and started by teaching herself to paint by studying the works of the Italian Renaissance. She then decided to give her paintings away as gifts. Frida Kahlo was married to the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Frida first met Diego Rivera at the Ministry of Education in Mexico City. While married to Rivera, she gave up painting. She loved her husband very much and wanted to seem important to him. Frida knew that his murals were the most significant element in his life. She had begun to realize that she would always be second to Rivera's art. After being struck by this reality, the once independent Frida Kahlo became overly obsessed with Diego Rivera.
In 1942, Kahlo began teaching and her students were known as the "Fridos". She was forced to abandon her teaching because of numerous painful surgeries to correct her spine and foot. Her physical pain joined the pain of her husband's indifference and became the primary subjects of her art. These sad chapters of Frida's life were the subjects of some of her most powerful works of art.
During her short life, she had many accomplishments. She was a surrealist artist who expressed her feelings and thoughts through her paintings. To the public she was a high spirited rebellious woman. Her

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