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Frida Kahlo, Oil on Canvas, Two Nudes in the Forrest, 1939

Frida Kahlo de Rivera, born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón; 6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954) was a Mexican artist who painted many portraits, self-portraits and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Inspired by the country's popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class and race in Mexican society. Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy. In addition to belonging to the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl movement, which sought to define a Mexican identity, Kahlo has been described as a surrealist or magical realist.

Born to a German father and a mestiza mother, Kahlo spent most of her childhood and adult life at her family home in Coyoacán, La Casa Azul, now known and publicly accessible as the Frida Kahlo Museum. She was disabled by polio as a child. Until a traffic accident at age eighteen caused lifelong pain and medical problems, she had been a promising student headed for medical school. During her recovery, she returned to her childhood hobby of art with the idea of becoming an artist.

Kahlo's interests in politics and art led to the next stage of her life. In 1927, she joined the Mexican Communist Party, through which she met fellow Mexican artist Diego Rivera, whom she married in 1928. Kahlo spent the late 1920s and early 1930s travelling in Mexico and the United States with Rivera. During this time, she developed her artistic style, drew her main inspiration from Mexican folk culture, and painted mostly small self-portraits which mixed elements from pre-Columbian and Catholic mythology. Her paintings raised the interest of Surrealist artist André Breton, who arranged for Kahlo's first solo exhibition at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York in 1938. The exhibition was a success and was followed by another in Paris in 1939. While the French exhibition was less successful, the Louvre purchased a painting from Kahlo, The Frame, making her the first Mexican artist to be featured in their collection. Throughout the 1940s, Kahlo participated in exhibitions in Mexico and the United States. She taught at the Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado

 

Frida Kahlo, Oil on Metal, Memory, the Heart, 1937

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MEMORY, THE HEART

Oil on Metal

56 X 46 cm

SINGING

Oil on canvas

Frida Kahlo, Oil on Canvas, Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress, 1926

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SELF PORTRAIT IN A VELVET DRESS

Oil on Canvas

79 X 58 cm

Frida Kahlo, Oil on Canvas, The Wounded Table, 1949

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THE WOUNDED TABLE

Oil on Canvas

122 X 244 cm

Frida Kahlo, Oil on Canvas, My Dress Hangs There, 1933

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MY DRESS HANGS THERE

Oil on Canvas

56 X 46 cm

Frida Kahlo, Oil on Canvas, Two Nudes in the Forrest, 1939

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Framed , No Passe-partout

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TWO NUDES IN THE FORREST

Oil on Canvas

56 X 46 cm