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Frida art collage

Frida Khalo

Frida Kahlo's work originates primarily from her life's events and Mexican heritage. 
Her work is associated with art movements such as surrealism, primitivism, magical realism, and naive art.; she was one of four daughters born to a Hungarian-Jewish father and a Mexican mother near Mexico City. Kahlo contracted polio at age 6. this left her right leg thinner than the left, and she grew up disguising the imbalance with long colorful skirts. During her childhood, she Witnessed violent encounters in the Streets of Mexico City as part of the Mexican Revolution, and at 15, she entered medical school. Her training ended three years later when a bus accident left her semi-invalid; her spine,   collarbone, and ribs were fractured, her pelvis crushed, and her foot broken. Frida spent over a year recovering and underwent over 30 operations but remained in constant pain for the rest of her life. During her recovery, to help alleviate the physical pain and psychological scars, she began to draw and paint using bright colors and a deliberately naive Style. Most of her paintings were autobiographical in some way. The themes she repeatedly included were her miscarriages, her operations, her physical and mental pain, and her Mexican heritage. In  1922, she met Mexico's most famous artist Diego Rivera, and after her recovery, she took three of her paintings to him for advice. .he was 20 years older than her and already married to his second wife, but they fell in love and married in 1929. their relationship survived infidelity, divorce, and remarriage. Though a self-taught painter, Kahlo was well educated, and her knowledge of art history was extensive. she particularly admired the renaissance masters and incorporated elements of modern European painting in many of her works. Encouraged by Rivera, she began integrating pieces of Mexican folk art in her work. she traveled with Rivera to the US and  France, where she met renowned artists and politicians and had a first solo exhibition in New York in 1938, followed by another in Paris a year later. 
Frida died at the age of 47 and became a cult figure. 
Her original, poignant, and often bizarre paintings have been regarded as emblems of her strength in  refusing to let her suffering crush her spirit

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