Frida Kahlo: rebellious and feminist
Long dresses, bold jewelry, determined gaze... Frida Kahlo is a woman of power. The Mexican painter known for her surrealist self-portraits, she is undoubtedly one of the great artists of the 20th century.
Her dresses and corsets, however, hide a broken body.
She has suffered from polio from the age of 6 and has had to deal with poor health all her life. She was later seriously injured in a bus accident at 18 and will have to undergo 30 operations, including a leg amputation towards the end of her life.
But she never tried to hide her pain. On the contrary, she used it and made it her strength: her self-portraits reflect what she has experienced. They reveal the wounds of her body and soul.
Despite her suffering, we can definitely say that the common thread in Frida's life is Freedom.
Very young, she decides not to follow the same path as the other women of her country and blend in with the "silent and submissive mass", as she said. Unconventional, she embarks on a fight for women's rights, becomes politically involved, and explores her bisexuality.
Through her paintings, Frida breaks the taboos. It tackles topics that no one dared to talk about at the turn of the last century. Her art is about the hardships and life experiences of a woman, struggles that men in those days struggled to understand, like: female sexuality, miscarriages, and abortion, depression, infidelity, gender inequality.
Intrepid, mysterious and passionate, she has marked the modern culture and the early feminist movement.
Photo #1: Frida Kahlo. Photo: Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs, Getty images, Vogue
Photo #2: Portrait of Frida Kahlo by Florence Arquin, 1948
Photo #3: “The Broken Column”, Frida Kahlo, 1944. Photo: Coll. Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino, Leonard de Selva / Bridgeman, Beaux Arts
Photo #4: Frida Kahlo painting "What the water gave me"
Photo #5: "The Two Fridas" Frida Kahlo, 1939.
Photo #6: “What the water gave me" or "What I saw in the water”, Frida Kahlo, 1938
Photo #7: Frida Kahlo in 1940. Photo: Ivan Dimitri/ Michael Ochs, Getty images, Vogue