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Frida Kahlo: An Aspiring Talent From Mexico

Introduction/Early Life

Frida Kahlo was born on July 6 1907 in the Coyoacan village of Mexico. She was named Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo and is famous for her beautiful self portraits and surrealist masterpieces. She has often been hailed as the finest female artist of the early 20th century by feminists and she spent almost the entirety of her life in Mexico City.

It is said that Frida preferred her birth date to be given as July 7, 1910 so it would coincide with the Mexican Revolution and thus it would appear that her life had begun with the birth of Modern Mexico. She would go on to marry Diego Rivera, who was also an eminent Mexican artist of the era, but this was a volatile marriage that was always at the verge of collapse. Both Frida and Rivera had quick tempers and neither of them ever put much store for tolerance, coupled with multiple extra marital affairs from both parties meant they eventually divorced in 1939. They remarried in 1940 but the relationship was always a strained one, to the point that they slept in separate rooms in the same house.

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