FRIDA

Diego and I

Frida Kahlo was one of the most popular self-portrait artists of the Twentieth Century. She was born in Mexico City, Mexico. She had a natural finesse for art since she was a little girl. Though at that time it was nothing more than a hobby, her passion for art expanded into a career after she was bedridden by a serious traffic accident. the aftermath of the accident left her partially paralyzed due to which she spent most of her time in her childhood home being a recluse. it was then that she started exploring the idea of painting herself and created numerous works of art with herself as the subject. Her strikingly unusual unibrow was a feature that she produced on all of her self- portraits with great detail. The expressions on her face, characterized by solemn and demure glance tell us a lot about the inner workings of her mind, the way she often felt lonely and melancholic due to her injury. She was married to Diego Rivera who was a member of the Mexican Communist Party, who being a muralist, shared the same passion as Frida. One of her most famous paintings, Diego and I is another self-portrait with another riveting detail of her husband Diego’s face popping out on her forehead right above her distinctive unibrow. This painting captures the love that she shared with her husband, who remained by her side right till her death. Frida was immortalized on screen through an eponymous movie where Frida, played by Salma Hayek, gives a mesmerizing performance as the stoic and opinionated Frida.

About Shivangi Nigam

I am a Commerce Graduate of Delhi University and a Semi Qualified Chartered Accountant. I worked with a prominent Chartered Accountancy Firm for over two years. I am an ardent reader and have always loved to write, this brought me to work as a content writer at Art Culture Festivals, an art gallery based in Delhi for promoting artists and various cultural events happening around Delhi.

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