Who Was Frida Kahlo? What is she remembered for?

frida kahlo photograph
Photo by her father, Guillermo Kahlo in 1932.

Frida Kahlo was born in July 1907. She is most often remembered for her self-portraits that depicted pain, passion, and bold coloring. Early in her life, she was afflicted with Polio, and dealt with the aftermath of a bus accident that left her with spine, collarbone, and rib fractures, as well as a broken foot. Throughout her life, she underwent 30 surgical procedures.

Painting and Art

While recovering from the accident, Kahlo found a passion for painting. She created around 200 pieces, a majority of which show her own life experiences. Emotional and physical pain and relationship struggles are common themes in her art. Approximately 55 of her painting are self-portraits.

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.

Frida Kahlo

Both Kahlo and her husband had affairs during their marriage. It is said that when Kahlo would find out that her husband would have an affair, she would cut her own hair off to spite him, since it was one of his favorite features. This can be seen in “Self-Portrait With Cropped Hair,” pictured below. In “Memory, the Heart,” (also pictured below) Kahlo expresses her pain after finding out that her husband had an affair with her sister.


Frida Kahlo is also remembered for her Marxist-leaning political ideals. Kahlo and Che Guevara (post coming soon) have become symbols of the 20th century, creating a legacy in art that continues to inspire minds around the world.



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