I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best. ― Frida Kahlo
The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is known as much for her art as for her personal life. Whether it is her early struggle with polio, or her accident as a teenager which almost killed her and left her bedridden for a year, the consequent lifelong struggle with health having to undergo over thirty operations and miscarriages, or her tumultuous relationships with her husband Diego Rivera, her various lovers including both men and women, (especially well known among them was the Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky for whose murder she was later questioned) hers was an adventurous existence. Here, in the first in a series of posts on Kahlo, I share a few of the photographs from her personal life made available in the public domain recently by the The Frida Kahlo Museum.
Frida Kahlo by Guillermo Kahlo, 1932.
Frida painting in bed after her accident, anonymous photographer, 1940.
Frida lying on her stomach by Nickolas Muray, 1946.
A famous poet once referred to her as the only woman who can make a uni-brow look sexy on seeing this photograph.
Frida Kahlo by Lola Álvarez Bravo, 1944.
From a time before dogs were the ‘In thing’.
Photographs © Frida Kahlo Museum