Frida Kahlo was an iconic, modern woman that continues to inspire many around the world. She overcame trials and tribulations during her 47 years of existence that it’s almost hard to believe she accomplished as much as she did. We love Frida here at Pinot & Picasso with her featuring in many sessions across our creative network. She is undoubtedly a boss and here’s why:
1. Kahlo’s art career was born after a near-death experience
At age 18, Kahlo was involved in a horrific bus accident that saw an iron bar pierce through her abdomen. The collision broke her spinal column, collarbone, ribs and pelvis. Also, she fractured her right leg in 11 places and dislocated her shoulder.
After enduring about 30 operations, Kahlo turned her attention to art. Her parents arranged an easel and paint brushes and taught herself to paint.
2. She showcased disability in her artwork
Not only did Kahlo suffer injuries from the bus accident, but she was also diagnosed with polio when she was six-years-old. Ever the realist, Kahlo put her disabilities on full-display in her paintings. While many in that time hide disabilities due to stigma, Kahlo didn’t let it halt her ability to pursue her passion. She declared, “I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.” Her most well-known painting is the Broken Column.
3. She arrived at her first art show in an ambulance
While her health continued to decline, that didn’t stop Kahlo from attending her first solo exhibition. At the time, Kahlo was ordered to bed rest by doctors. However, she made sure to be present at the opening. She arrived in an ambulance and was carried on a stretcher to a bed placed in the gallery. All this effort paid off as she was able to enjoy the exhibition.
4. Kahlo is the OG Queen of Self-Portraits
Out of her 143 paintings, 55 of these are self-portraits. That is over a third of her collection. She famously said, “I paint myself because I am so often alone because I am the subject I know best.” She expresses her suffering and recovering from various medical issues and loneliness through many artworks, but were often the strongest in her self-portraits. Her most iconic paintings are her self-portraits.
5. She is an LGBTQ Icon
Kahlo was very open with her sexuality in art and life. She was a known bisexual and often had flings with both men and women. Her most notable affair was with French entertainer, Josephine Baker. She defied gender stereotypes at the time, dressing in suits and embracing her natural uni-brow and other facial hair.
6. She’s incredibly proud of her Mexican heritage
Despite living in Paris, New York and San Francisco, she never abandoned her Mexican culture. Kahlo loved Mexican clothes and style. She often wore long, colourful skirts, Tehuana dresses and Huipile blouses. Kahlo was so patriotic that she changed the date of her birth. from 1907 to 1910 so could claim she was born the same year as the Mexican Revolution. These factors all contribute to the incredible legacy she left behind.
The team at Pinot & Picasso love Frida. The “Frida” artwork is a popular session amongst our franchise circles. To book in a session to paint the icon, click here.