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Frida Kahlo by John F. Morrison, Frida Kahlo

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By John F. Morrison, Frida Kahlo

A biography of the Mexican painter who survived a near-fatal bus twist of fate on the age of eighteen, realized to color as a sort of remedy, had a stormy marriage with Diego Rivera, and have become a world-famous artist.

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It was to be a narrative history of Mexico, and he was to work on these murals into the 1940s. They illustrate in dramatic figures and blazing colors the country’s history from before the Spanish conquest into the turmoil of the 1920s and 1930s. The way he shows the struggle of the Mexican people against their oppressors strongly reflects his Communist leanings, but no one seemed to mind. Much later in New York City, someone did mind—and the fight between Rivera and The Elephant and the Dove Rivera was commissioned to paint the stairwells of Mexico City’s National Palace with patriotic murals.

And there was never any hint that he was jealous of her accomplishments. SETTING UP THEIR HOME After the wild wedding day and a brief, angry separation, the couple moved into Rivera’s house on the first block of Avenida Reforma in Mexico City. “For furniture, we had a narrow bed, a dining set that Frances Toor gave us, with a long black table, and a little yellow kitchen table that my mother gave us,” Kahlo said in an interview. ) She said the table was used for Rivera’s extensive collection of archaeological specimens.

It shows him as half-man, half-vegetable, rising out 39 40 FRIDA KAHLO of his own corpse. This painting, done in 1931, is considered by critics to represent a turning point in Kahlo’s art career. From then on, she would follow her own vision of reality. It has to be said, too, that Rivera encouraged his wife to go her own way in art, not to copy him or any other artist. And there was never any hint that he was jealous of her accomplishments. SETTING UP THEIR HOME After the wild wedding day and a brief, angry separation, the couple moved into Rivera’s house on the first block of Avenida Reforma in Mexico City.

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