Essay on Frida Kahlo: A Mexican Surrealist Artist

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Frida Kahlo: A Mexican Surrealist Artist

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist, famous for her self-reflective, Surrealist paintings. She was born in 1907 and died from pneumonia and other complications in 1954 at the mere age of forty-seven. Frida was the daughter of Guillermo Kahlo, a Hungarian Jew and notable Mexican photographer, and Matilde Calderon, who was of Spanish and Indian descent (Taschen, 7). Although Guillermo had two daughters from a previous marriage, Frida was the first daughter to be born to he and his second wife, Matilde.

Frida's mother became pregnant again very soon after Frida's birth and was therefore unable to nurse Frida. Because of this, Frida had a wet nurse and never felt truly connected to her mother
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Her talents were quickly recognized there, and Frida was well accepted by the other students. She was dating a young man named Alejandro Gomez Arias whom she met at school (Herrera, 32). Then, on September 17, 1925, as Frida and Alejandro were traveling home from school together on the bus, the course of Frida's life changed forever (Taschen, 17). The bus they were riding in collided with a trolley car, seriously injuring Frida and many others. [See] During the accident, a metal rod punctured Frida's abdomen. In addition, her spinal column, pelvis, collarbone, right leg and foot, left shoulder and two ribs were all damaged in some way (Herrera, 34). Although Frida's body eventually healed, she suffered many illnesses, discomforts and disappointments later in life as a result. This accident is what many feel made Frida into the artist she is remembered as today.

Frida became a member of the Mexican communist Party in 1928 and remained politically active throughout her entire life. In fact, Frida identified so heavily with the Mexican Revolution that she changed the year of her birth to 1910, the year the revolution began (Herrera, 7). Then, at the age of twenty-two, Frida married the famous Mexican muralist, Diego Rivera (Taschen, 93). Together, they fought for the ideas of Marxism and enjoyed shaping one another's art. Following a long series of mutual affairs, Frida and Diego divorced ten years after their marriage, only

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