Who is Frida Kahlo?

Frida Kahlo was a self-taught painter and artist. Frida Kahlo’s life was as vibrant as her art. She was born in Mexico in 1907, and died in 1954. Frida Kahlo is most well known for her self portraits. Her self portraits often feature her now infamous Frida gaze, flowers in her hair, and a colourful blouse and skirt. However, she also explored the form of the female body, and depicted many of her personal life experiences – the good, and the troubled times.

Sadly her life was far from a bed of roses. She was in a bus accident at 18 years of age which left her with a slight limp and a spinal injury. She endured the agony of miscarriages in her 20s and the death of her mother soon after, adultery, divorce, hospital admissions and operations, depression, and drug and alcohol misuse. It was said she had the ability to turn her pain into her art.

It is widely recognised that Frida Kahlo not only used her pain, her body, and her love of Mexico in her art, but she also used her art to challenge societies views on race, gender, feminism, and a variety of other subject matters. Although she did receive recognition for her art in her lifetime, it wasn’t until the 1970s onwards that her fame really increased.

The Tate Modern in London describes Frida Kahlo as ‘one of the most significant artists of the 20th Century’. It is also said she is now one of the most instantly recognisable artists – with her image and iconography appearing on just about every item of merchandise imaginable. Her original art work now sells in the millions of dollars. She is likened to Vincent van Gogh in terms of her art, and to Che Guevara in terms of her instant recognisability.  It is no wonder then that ‘Fridamania’ is a thing.

When we got the opportunity to stock these Frida Kahlo products we couldn’t resist. We love them. We hope you do too.

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Michael & Paula (Garden Themed Gifts)

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