Honestly, I intended to make another post about this genius woman some months ago, but I haven’t had the chance. And about some weeks ago, I saw an excellent post by Symbol Reader, who wrote a Marvelous article on Kahlo, Frida Kahlo’s Symbolism of Life, and I say that it is a highly recommended read.
And now, under the motto: what to do now? I did decide to prize this fascinating artist with some pics in B&W with a few words about her. Although I’m doing this post in between a lot of stress (two full days of work and caring for grandkids, because my son and daughter-in-law and my wife all have to work every day!) Therefore, please forgive me if any mistake happens.
“Kahlo” redirects here. For the surname, see Kahlo (surname).
In this Spanish name, the first or paternal surname is Kahlo and the second or maternal family name is Calderón. Born to a German father and a mestiza mother, Kahlo spent most of her childhood and adult life at La Casa Azul, her family home in Coyoacán – now publicly accessible as the Frida Kahlo Museum. Although she was disabled by polio as a child, Kahlo had been a promising student headed for medical school until she suffered a bus accident at the age of 18, which caused her lifelong pain and medical problems. During her recovery, she returned to her childhood interest in art with the idea of becoming an artist. Wikipedia
Let’s have some information about her:
Back in Mexico City, Kahlo and Rivera moved into a new house in the wealthy neighbourhood of San Ángel. Commissioned from Le Corbusier‘s student Juan O’Gorman, it consisted of two sections joined by a bridge; Kahlo’s was painted blue and Rivera’s pink and white. The bohemian residence became an important meeting place for artists and political activists from Mexico and abroad.
She was again experiencing health problems – undergoing an appendectomy, two abortions, and the amputation of gangrenous toes – and her marriage to Rivera had become strained. He was not happy to be back in Mexico and blamed Kahlo for their return. While he had been unfaithful to her before, he now embarked on an affair with her younger sister Cristina, which deeply hurt Kahlo’s feelings. After discovering it in early 1935, she moved to an apartment in central Mexico City and considered divorcing him. She also had an affair of her own with American artist Isamu Noguchi.
Kahlo reconciled with Rivera and Cristina later in 1935 and moved back to San Ángel. She became a loving aunt to Cristina’s children, Isolda and Antonio. Despite the reconciliation, both Rivera and Kahlo continued their infidelities. She also resumed her political activities in 1936, joining the Fourth International and becoming a founding member of a solidarity committee to provide aid to the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War. She and Rivera successfully petitioned the Mexican government to grant asylum to former Soviet leader Leon Trotsky. They offered La Casa Azul for him and his wife Natalia Sedova as a resident. The couple lived there from January 1937 until April 1939, with Kahlo and Trotsky becoming good friends and having a brief affair.
Frida was totally an LGBTQ icon! As described by the late singer, her relationship with singer Chavela Vargas was so beautiful. But unfortunately, it wasn’t until her death that others began to recognize her as a queer icon. Here.
In 1938, the Rivera Kahlo couple accommodated André Breton, leader of the surrealist movement, in their home. He and his wife, Jacqueline Lamba, escaped the Nazi occupation of France. Lamba and Kahlo were very close friends, and there are rumours that they were also lovers.
She was and still will be a fantastic artist, full of life, despite her short life.
Now I must get into clothes and run (or drive!) to my brother-in-law’s sixtieth birthday southwest of our province. Have a lovely and peaceful weekend, friends. 😜🙏🙏💖💖😘😘