Early Life • Born in 1907 in the suburbs of Mexico City, Mexico. • Originally studied to go into the medical profession.
Becoming an Artist • At age 18, Kahlo was injured in a bus accident. She spent over a year in bed, recovering. • During her recovery, Kahlo began painting with oils.
Self-Portraits • Kahlo used a mirror over her bed to paint many self -portraits, using bright colors reminiscent of Mexican folk art. • Her portraits were honest depictions of herself. She did not hide her flaws and expressed her emotions openly in her paintings.
Diego Rivera • In 1929, Kahlo married Mexican muralist, Diego Rivera. • They had a difficult relationship, enduring infidelity, divorce, remarriage, and Kahlo’s health problems.
Diego Rivera • Despite their problems, Kahlo and Rivera cared deeply for each other. • Kahlo often included her husband in her paintings.
Diego Rivera What is happening in this painting? What do you think Kahlo was trying to convey? Diego and Frida, 1944
Kahlo’s Death • Kahlo never truly recovered from the bus accident and spent much of her life in pain. • In 1954 at the age of 47 Kahlo died, due to complications from the accident.
Self Portrait Collage • Frida Kahlo created many portraits of herself. You are going to create a self portrait through collaged pictures, selecting images that represent you. • To help you brainstorm ideas, complete the Personal Characteristics worksheet. This will count as a class work grade.
Self Portrait Collage • For directions on how to do this project, and to see an example, go to my website: teachers. henrico. k 12. va. us/highlandsprings/ kuchinski_a/index. html (do not use “www!”)