Artists always reflect back to us – how they view the world.
Great artists do it in a compelling and memorable way.
The compelling part is when we see, hear, or listen to their efforts, we also reflect back, searching our own souls and ponder – what does it all mean?
Frida did all of that. Her self portraits give us a glimpse of her inner self, creating, a mysterious, alluring, woman, questioning the usual definition of what it means to be feminine.
She lived in a small house in Coyocan, a small beautiful area, centuries old.
It is here where she painted a lot, sitting in a wheelchair. after a serious bus accident at age 18 that left her debilitated and suffering from lifelong pain, a theme, often referred to in her many self portraits.
Many of her paintings had a mythical quality to them, dealing with themes common in Mexican culture. But she also painted a lot of fruit still life’s.
She married Diego Rivera and painted the two of them, considered one of her best.
As the two became more successful she and Diego moved into a house, designed by one of Rivera’s sons, a celebrated architect, credited with bringing modern contemporary design to Mexico. The house is more than interesting – the pink side was Diego’s, the blue side, Frida’s.