Friday, June 26, 2015

Artist of the Week: Frida Kahlo

From 1926 until her death, the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo created striking, often shocking, images that reflected her turbulent life. She painted using vibrant colors in a style that was influenced by indigenous cultures of Mexico as well as by European influences that include Realism, Symbolism, and Surrealism. In 1925 Frida Kahlo was gravely hurt in a bus accident. She spent over a year in bed, recovering from fractures of her back, collarbone, and ribs, as well as a shattered pelvis and shoulder and foot injuries. Despite more than 30 subsequent operations, Frida Kahlo spent the rest of her life in constant pain. During her convalescence Frida Kahlo had begun to paint with oils. Frida's mother had a special easel made for her so she could paint in bed, and her father lent her his box of oil paints and some brushes

Her pictures, mostly self-portraits and still life's, were deliberately naive, filled with the bright colors and flattened forms of the Mexican folk art she loved. Frida Kahlo had studied art before, at the National Preparatory School, where she had met Diego Rivera when he was painting the "Creation Mural", but Frida Kahlo had never worked on paintings before. Over her bed, Frida Kahlo had a mirror so she could see herself, and this was the beginning of her focus on self more

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