I looooove Frida. She's on my "top-5-favorite-women-of-all-time" list. Everyone has one of those lists, right?? If not, you should!
She's so inspiring and I admire her greatly. When she was 18, she was in a trolley accident which left her paralyzed, bedridden and in a body cast for years, and in permanent pain for the rest of her life. Most of her paintings were done while she was in bed.
She was in love with a man (Diego Rivera) who loved her, but was incredibly unfaithful and broke her heart constantly. When she was 6, she had polio which stunted the growth of her right leg and caused deformities and issues throughout her life. She was pregnant three times but lost each child due to complications with her body. When she was three months pregnant, she had to have her toes amputated on her right foot, and eventually had to have the leg amputated from the knee down due to gangrene.
Her life was a true tragedy and you can see it in her eyes in every painting she's completed and in every photo I've ever seen of her. But her artwork is breathtaking and beautiful, just like her. I thought I'd share some of my favorites.
"I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality."
The Broken Column
"My painting carries with it the message of pain"
"There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst."
Diego and I
"Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?"
What I Saw in the Water (What the Water Gave Me)
Self Portrait as Wounded Deer
Self Portrait, Thinking About Death
"I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best."
Self Portrait with Monkey
Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace
(Those hand earrings were a gift from Picasso.)
"I hope the exit is joyful and I hope never to return."
Sweet, sweet, Frida.
Your life has touched so many.