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    ¡Feliz cumpleaños, Frida Kahlo!

     

    The iconic painter was born on July 6, 1907, in Coyoacán, Mexico. Today would have been her 111th birthday, which makes it the perfect opportunity to celebrate and honor the legacy she left behind.  

     

    Frida Kahlo’s art was inspired by the different and sometimes conflicting parts of her identity--she was Mexican, a woman and a feminist, a communist, a wife, a survivor of polio and more. Her surrealist self-portraits and colorful paintings of nature and animals showcase her struggles and triumphs with physical pain, beauty and gender, her relationship with muralist Diego Rivera as well as her culture.

     

    Frida processed her life on the canvas. She began painting while recovering from a terrible traffic accident in Mexico and never stopped.

    “I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.” - Frida Kahlo

    Frida’s work was recognized internationally throughout her life, landing her solo exhibitions in New York, Paris and Mexico. However, at times she was in the shadow of her husband, Diego Rivera, often only recognized as his wife. The two had a tumultuous relationship and were married twice. They were still together at the time of Frida’s death in 1954 when she was only 47 years old.

     

    Decades after Frida’s death, her legacy continues to thrive through the art she left behind as well as through her political and feminist ideals. Frida has become a powerful figure and symbol championed by various communities. Mexicans as well as Latinos from around the world celebrate her for capturing both Mexican and indigenous culture and traditions. Both feminists and those in the LGBTQ community admire her fight for equality and against gender norms. And of course, artists and art-lovers remain in awe of her provocative and notable work that communicated so much about Frida’s life and still remains relevant decades later.

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    “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”

    Frida completed approximately 200 paintings throughout her life and work can be seen at various art institutions around the world. La Casa Azul, her childhood home, remains open as a museum today in Mexico.


    What do you love about Frida Kahlo and her work? Do you have a favorite painting? Let us know at Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @Phillyfunguide! 

     

     

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    Elizabeth Estrada is the digital communications coordinator at the Cultural Alliance. She is an avid podcast listener, coffee-drinker and as of recently, a bicyclist. Her favorite Frida Kahlo painting is Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair.  You can follow her @thatswhateesaid.

     

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