Thursday, June 30, 2011

Kahlo, Frida

Self-Portrait (Dedicated to Leon Trotsky)
Oil on Masonite
30 x 24 in
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington

Frida Kahlo de Rivera (1907 – 1954) was one of the most famous Mexican painter. She died soon after she became 47 years of age. A few days before her death she wrote in her diary: "I hope the exit is joyful — and I hope never to return — Frida". She had been very ill throughout the previous year and her right leg had been amputated at the knee, owing to gangrene. She had a bout of bronchopneumonia about that time, which had left her quite frail.

Diego Rivera(Mexican painter and her husband), in his autobiography, would write that the day Kahlo died was the most tragic day of his life, adding that, too late, he had realized that the most wonderful part of his life had been his love for her.