Frida Kahlo: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies) by Claudia Schaefer

By Claudia Schaefer

Frida Kahlo was once born in 1907 to folks of German and Spanish descent, in Coyoacan, open air Mexico urban. After contracting polio at age six, Frida additionally suffered critical accidents in a bus twist of fate. Her time spent in restoration became her towards a portray occupation. those stories, mixed with a tricky marriage to the artist Diego Rivera, generated shiny works depicting Frida's reviews with discomfort in addition to the symbolism and spirit of Mexican tradition. although she died in 1954, curiosity in her paintings keeps to develop, with museum exhibitions and courses all over the world. This biography will introduce artwork scholars and grownup readers to 1 of the Latino culture's such a lot liked artists.In 2002, the movie Frida brought the artist and her works to a brand new viewers. In 2007, the one hundredth anniversary of Kahlo's beginning, a massive exhibition of her paintings used to be held on the Museum of the high-quality Arts Palace in Mexico. In 2007 via 2008, one other significant exhibition all started its trip to museums through the usa.

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Manuel González Ramírez defended Frida in her divorce from Diego in 1939 and remained her friend until the end. What held them together as a group was not just being students in the same school but a rejection of the solemnity of the classroom. The Cachuchas debated Marx and Engels, Hegel and Kant, and theories of economics and politics, but they also played practical jokes. Sometimes they cut class to hang out in the streets or debate in the hallways. They deliberately burned murals commissioned by the federal government to beautify and honor the new educational system on the walls of the Prepa to show that they were against all types of solemnity.

What was wrong with being one girl among many young men? Did her hair and clothing have a less-than-feminine look? That was fine and called attention to her. Was she hanging out with the guys and not the few other girls? Were they using street slang and answering back when girls were supposed to be demure? All of these possibilities thrilled her. Recently enrolled in the Prepa, Frida could make her mark on a society she found too conservative, too boring, too rigid. Coyoacán did not offer her a variety of experiences or the thrills and danger of doing things on her own.

Even if invented in her imagination or merely recollected from a previous moment, the wings of the plane and the hands on the clock fill the portrait with a hint of her powers of observation. Long periods in bed had made her aware of every tiny aspect of her environment. Immobility kept her from getting out into the world, but not from observing the nuances of things around her. The 1930 works Self-Portrait in a Chair and Hand show equal dedication to meticulous detail and shading, down to the lines on Frida’s cuticles and the tiny flecks of light reflected in her brown eyes.

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