drank to drown my pain, but the damned pain learned how
to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good
behavior." - Frida Kahlo
Questioning the Story:
When did Frida Kahlo develop a passion for painting?
On September 17, 1925, when she was 18, Frida was involved
in a serious trolley accident (as depicted in the film).
The accident left Frida with a broken spinal column, a broken
collarbone, broken ribs, a broken pelvis, and eleven fractures
in her right leg. Also, her right foot was dislocated and
crushed, and her shoulder was out of joint. Frida spent
a month lying on her back. She was encased in a plaster
cast and enclosed in a boxlike structure. She began painting
to pass the time while healing in bed. It became her lifelong
How many operations did Frida have in an attempt to alleviate
her pain and suffering?
Frida had 32 operations in an attempt to quell some
of her lasting pain from the accident. She lived with bouts
of pain and discomfort throughout her life, and was often
bedridden and or hospitalized for periods of time. In addition
to the operations to alleviate her pain, she also wore different
kinds of corsets and was subjected to mechanical "stretching"
did Frida's lifelong physical suffering actually begin?
physical suffering began when she contracted polio at the
age of five. As a result, the illness caused her right leg
to appear much thinner than her left, and it remained that
did the real Frida give her birth date as July 7, 1910,
contradicting the July 6, 1907 birth date on her birth certificate?
1910 was the year of the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution.
wanted her life to begin with the modern Mexico.
Was Frida Kahlo really a bisexual, as shown in the film?
Yes, she was. Frida
had many lovers, both men and women, including the communist,
Leon Trotsky, played by Geoffrey Rush in the film.
Like in the movie, in real life Frida Kahlo had several rumored
love affairs with women, including
the famous actresses Dolores Del Rio and Paulette Goddard.
She was also involved in affairs with the wife of the surrealist poet Andre Breton and the famous artist Georgia O'Keeffe.
Frida was quoted saying the following about her relationship with
Georgia, "O'Keefe was in the hospital for three months,
she went to Bermuda for a rest. She didn't make love to
me that time, I think on account of her weakness. Too bad."
did Frida Kahlo paint the way that she did?
is often classed as a surrealist, and she had no special
explanations for her methods.
She said only: "I put on the canvas whatever comes
into my mind." Her self-portraits often shocked the
public, and included paintings of herself with her hands
cut off, as a wounded deer, and another with herself coming
out of her mother during her birth.
How much have Frida Kahlo's paintings sold for?
is the story surrounding Frida's cremation?
I don't know if this is true, and I'm not sure if anyone
does know for sure, but legend has it that when mourners
gathered to watch Frida's cremation, a sudden blast of heat
from the open incinerator doors blew her body bolt upright.
Her hair was on fire from the flames, and blazed around
her head like a halo. Frida's lips appeared to break into
a seductive grin just as the doors closed shut. Thus, she
gave her audience one last shock.
What happened to Diego Rivera after Frida Kahlo's death
It is said that Frida's husband, Diego Rivera, ate some
of Frida's ashes after her cremation. A year later in 1955,
Diego married Emma Hurtado, his art dealer since 1946. Diego
set up a trust fund to provide for the administration of
Anahuacalli and Frida Kahlo's Coyoacán homes as museums.
At age 70, Diego Rivera died of heart failure in his San
Angel studio. He is buried in the Rotonda de los Hombres
Ilustres at the pantheon of Dolores, Mexico City.
Where are the original Frida Kahlo paintings?
Many are in museums. Frida's painting depicting her birth
("My Birth," 1932) is owned by Madonna.
Is there a religion today that worships Frida Kahlo?
My research has led me to conclude that this so called religion
known as Kahloism originated online, likely first appearing
on Kimberley Masters' now defunct web site, which included the credo
of Kahloism. Basically, it came from the imagination of
a die-hard fan (Masters). Kahloism can more simply be interpreted
as the adoration of Frida Kahlo.
Image - Frida in a Man's Suit - February 7, 1926:
photograph was taken by Frida's father on February
7, 1926 as part of a series of family photos taken
on that day. Frida donned the outfit to shock her
highly conventional family.
Image - Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera - Wedding Day:
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photograph at left was taken on Frida Kahlo and Diego
Rivera's wedding day, August 21, 1929. They would divorce
in 1940, only to remarry a year later.
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New York Times Magazine Article From the Time of Frida's Death
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Photo of Leon Trotsky (middle) - Played by Geoffrey Rush in the Film
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