Today is the birthday of famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. If she were still alive today, she’d be 105 years old.Kahlo is known for her colourful self-portraits that prominently portray her most striking feature: her eyebrows.
But her paintings are often defined by events that happened in her life: as a teenager in 1925 she was seriously injured in a traumatic bus accident and in 1929 she married fellow Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Their volatile marriage was marred by adultery, miscarriages and fighting.
Kahlo’s work is also intrinsically Mexican, depicting the indigenous traditions and culture of the nation she loved so much. In fact, she was so proud of her Mexican heritage that she often told people that she was born on July 7, 1910 (the date of the Mexican revolution)–even though she was actually born three years earlier, on July 6th, 1907.
Today, Kahlo’s works are displayed in museums around the world, but many of her works reside permanently at the Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City.
To honour her birthday, we’ve compiled a few pictures of some of her most iconic paintings.
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