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about Frida Kahlo

We had already released something about the naked essence of Frida Kahlo, failing for some reason to consider her for a place in our Masters gallery. But then, illustrations and tributes have increased, so that it was no longer possible for us to look the other way.

Unlike some other famous artists, everybody seems to knows Frida’s troubled life, also because of the books, documentaries and movies about it. Born to a German father and a mestiza mother, she 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. In 1927, she joined the Mexican Communist Party, through which she met celebrated muralist Diego Rivera, whom she married in 1928. She had her first solo exhibition in Mexico in 1953, shortly before her death in 1954 at the age of 47. By the early 1990s, she had become not only a recognized figure in art history, but also regarded as an icon for Chicanos, the Feminism movement, and the LGBTQ movement.

Below, as usual, a collection of tributes to the artist. About Mattel’s one, Frida’s family released a statement through Instagram claiming that the toy company didn’t have proper authorization to produce a Barbie doll in Kahlo’s likeness. “For over a decade the Frida Kahlo Corporation is dedicated to educating, sharing and preserving Frida Kahlo’s legacy,” told a representative for the Corporation. The rights of Frida were bought from Isolda Pinedo Kahlo — niece of Frida — in 2005.

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