Today marks the 64th death anniversary of legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. She died on this day of 1954 in Coyoacán, Mexico at the age of only 47. Frida is called the iconic painter of pain and endless agony. Considering a wonder of the world of creativity this painter has lived through physical and emotional pain through her whole life.
Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón aka Frida Kahlo was born in Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico on July 6, 1907, to German immigrant father and an indigenous Spanish descent mother.
Frida`s portraits, self-portraits, and works are inspired by the nature and the artifacts of Mexico. Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy. In 1926, Frida made her first self-portrait named `Self-portrait in a Velvet Dress`. She adopted the style of Mexican portrait artists of the nineteenth century and was influenced by the European Renaissance Masters` work. Among her 143 paintings, 50 were self-portraits. Most of them presented her physical and emotional wounds.
From the hostile surroundings, Frida laid the foundation of hope. She created a unique connection between life and creativity. It can be said that she is an autobiographical artist. Her Childhood accident, the discontent of not attaining motherhood, birth, and death related thought, delicate relationship with her husband Diego Rivera and communist ideology were all part of her canvas.
In her 47 years of lifetime, she had to spend one-third of her time in the hospital. In order to forget the immense pain, she used to comatose in Mexican vintage `Tequila`. In the spring of 1953, Frida`s only painting exhibition was held in Mexico. Frida`s right foot was cut from the bottom of the knee in that year due to gangrene infections. This incident crushed her and made her frustrated. At that time, the desire for suicide in her became stronger. Before her death, her last writing in the diary was `I hope the exit is joyful and I hope never to return.`
The way the echo searches the sounds, the same way Frida yearned for a perfect body. Every layer of her painting expressed her pain and endless agony. She may have found peace after her death, and maybe her yearning has ended.