Frida Kahlo's Unrealist Movement

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On July 6, 1907, Frida Kahlo, a Mexican-German descent artist, is born as Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderon in the “Blue House” in Coyoacan, Mexico. Frida was very fond of her Mexican heritage and displayed it throughout her life. She even changed her birth year to 1910 to coincide with the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution. In 1922, Frida is one of the few women admitted to a prestigious National Preparatory school in Mexico City to study medicine. (Souter) While she studied there, Frida met with many political activists, such as the Cachets, and artists, such as Diego Rivera. (Friedman)
Unfortunately for Frida, she was a woman who had a life filled with many unfortunate events. On September 17, 1925, She was on her way to school when
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The surrealist movement is a period that encouraged artists and writers’ to go beyond the boundaries of rationalism and expose the unconscious mind. The surrealist movement, her Mexican and European cultural ties, her husband, as well as the climate set by the tragic events she went through, influenced the way Frida painted throughout her lifetime. (Mann)
One painting where she allows her cultural roots as well as tragedy to influence her painting is in that of the Two Fridas (1939), Frida depicts her change in persona after her divorce with Diego as well as emphasize her Mexican and European ties. She painted herself in two versions, each in different attire. One of the Frida’s wore a white European dress of the era, while the other Frida contained Mexican historical references. (Frida Kahlo…Art)
In the painting, The Broken Column (1944), Frida incorporates several surreal objects such as a literal broken column in place of her spinal cord and nails all over her body to depict her pain and suffering after her accident. This painting is another prime example of a painting influenced by a tragic event in Frida’s life and surrealism itself. (Frida

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