Frida Kahlo Essay

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Frida Kahlo was born July 6, 1907 in the city of Coyoacan, a town about an hour’s drive from Mexico City. Christened Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon, she was commonly known as Frida. Even though she was of Hispanic descent her name actually derives from the German word, frida, which means “peace”. This was her father‘s native language. Born the third child of four, Frida was her father’s favorite. “Frida’s the most like me,” he was known to proclaim once. (Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera 16) This may be because she was a very free-spirited little girl. She was born into an artistic family. Her grandfather and father were professional photographers. Her father was commissioned by the ...view middle of the document...

The way that the young Frida would meet her imaginary friend was rather interesting. She would fog up her window with her warm breath and draw a door. Through this door she would fly to the nearby village and meet her imaginary friend at the local dairy, called Pinzon. She would fly through the letter O to enter her secret world. Kahlo would rely on her friend to cheer up as she was always happy and would listen to all of her problems. It is evident that even from a young age Kahlo was a very creative person. Fortunately this disease did not leave her permanently paralyzed. After a little encouragement from her father to exercise her leg, Frida soon recovered although it remained shorter and thinner than the left leg. Often to escape the torment of the school children, she would wear extra socks and a raised right shoe.
When Frida turned 15, she enrolled at the National Preparatory School in Mexico City. In a class of 2,000, Frida was one of 35 girls allowed to attend. At this point Frida aspired to become a doctor. She drew sketches of herself and friends but considered art just a hobby. It was during this time that the Mexico Revolution had just ended. The minister of education was encouraging new programs and required that all schools teach art. He also wanted to make the people more aware of the history of Mexico. Combining these two ideas, he commissioned many artists to paint murals on the walls of the National Preparatory School that would tell the story of Mexico. It was in this school where Frida Kahlo would have her first encounter with the brilliant painter, Diego Rivera.
“Would it cause you any annoyance if I watched you at work?”
“No, young lady, I’d be charmed.” (Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera 20) Frida Kahlo enjoyed watching Rivera’s mural come to life. During this time spent with him, her mischievous nature often caused her to pull pranks on the artist. She would steal his lunch and tease him. Once she soaped down the stairs at the perchance that she could watch him slip and fall. It was even suggested that Frida developed a crush on Diego. But he was soon forgotten when she found her first novio, or boyfriend. His name was Alejandro Gomez Arias. They saw each other as much as they possibly could. During their happy romance, however, times at home became rough. Her father’s business had slowed due to the changing government. Frida took on part-time jobs to help support the family. She held many different jobs which did not last long. Finally her father got her a job working at his friend’s print shop. There the owner taught her to draw. He assigned her to copy the prints of Anders Zorn. After looking at her sketches, he discovered that Kahlo was greatly talented.
On an unsuspecting day a devastating accident had occurred to Frida and her boyfriend Alejandro. While taking a bus back to her town a trolley collided with it. Many people were thrown under and killed. Alejandro was one of them. Miraculously he was unscathed....

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