The Legacy Frida Kahlo Essay

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Diego Rivera and his wife Frida Kahlo are an important aspect of the Hispanic World and well-known names in Latino art. Rivera and Kahlo knew many famous painters such as Duchamp, Siqueiros, Orozco and Picasso. Picasso became a great friend of the family. Kahlo has influenced many places in Mexico. There are many land marks not only in Mexico but around the world. The Frida Kahlo Museum is located in Coyoacan Mexico in her Casa Azul home (blue house), this is the same place Kahlo was born, grew up, lived with her husband Rivera and died (Gale, 1996). The museum holds collections and embraces the personal effects of both artists shining light on the way of life for affluent Mexican writers ...view middle of the document...

Rivera remained a dominant force in the development of a National Art in Mexico throughout his life and left an impact on America’s concept of public art. He painted spectacular murals of Mexican history throughout the cities, towns, and villages (Fuentes, 1995). Rivera is also well known to the public for his stormy and turbulent romance with his wife Frieda Kahlo, who was also in the eyes of the public for her paintings and a sad and tragic life story. Rivera was twenty years older than Kahlo. They married when Kahlo was 22 and Rivera was 42. They met 1928 at the Office of the Secretariat of Public Education where Rivera was painting a mural and Frida Kahlo attended school. This is where Frida made him climb down his scaffold to give her his opinion and advice on one of her paintings. She told him she needed to be sure her work would be marketable because that was the only way she could support herself (Tibol, 1983, p. 3). Rivera never placed Frida among the surrealists (Tibol, 1983, p. 7). The Encarta Dictionary defines this as an artist that tries to represent the subconscious mind by creating imagery and ideas that seem to contradict each other. However some critics believe she definitely fell in this category.
Art ran deep in her family as well. Her father, Guillermo Kahlo and her grandfather Antonio Calderon were both photographers (Tibol, 1983). Guillermo Kahlo was the first official photographer of the Cultural Patrimony of Mexico (Fuentes, 1995).
Frida Kahlo’s life was etched with, suffering, sadness, and loneliness. Seeing how Kahlo was born during the Revolution and grew up in an era of social change, her life and paintings seem to mirror and transcend the main event of that century, in her image of suffering, destruction, bloodshed, mutilation, and loss. Tragedy and illness imposed on Kahlo’s life repeatedly from the time she was a young girl and underwent 32 operations during her life time (Habell-Pallan & Romero, 2002). She suffered a shorter right leg due to being struck with polio when she was a little girl. At the age of 18 she was in a tragic bus accident that left her with multiple spine injuries that caused her pain the rest of her life (Gale, 1996). The book, The Diary of Frida Kahlo is a copy of her original diary; she wrote, painted and sketched pictures representing the vast amount of pain she endured for over 29 years (Fuentes, 1995).
The majority of the paintings Kahlo painted were...

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