Frida Kahlo Ornament
- 6 X 1 1/2 inches
Our handmade, fabric ornament of Frida Kahlo is a wonderful representation of the celebrated Mexican artist. Clad in typical colorful Frida-style garb, she is immediately recognizable and makes a wonderful addition to ornament collections everywhere!
Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón was born in 1907 Mexico City, Mexico. Known as Frida Kahlo, she enjoyed art as a child, and after a devastating bus accident when she was 18, she turned to painting. Throughout the course of her life, Kahlo created nearly 150 paintings, of which 55 were images of herself.
From 1932 to 1933, Frida Kahlo lived in Detroit, Michigan, with her husband and fellow artist Diego Rivera. Rivera had been commissioned to paint Detroit Industry, the impressive cycle of fresco murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts. As Rivera worked on the murals, Kahlo, who was a relatively unknown painter at the time, began her early definitive work.
The National Archives holds motion picture films documenting the work on the project.
While she looks happy in the film, she did not enjoy her time in Detroit. While there, she faced isolation and endured a difficult pregnancy, fearing complications caused by the bus accident. She ended up suffering a miscarriage while in Detroit, which some art historians point to as spurring the form of self-representation which became her greatest contribution to art history.