Frida Kahlo was among the most popular painters in the 1900's. Kahlo was born in Coyoacán, Mexico, on July 6th, 1907. At age 6, she contracted polio, leaving with a limp for the rest of her life. At age 18, she was in a bus crash, almost killing her. This resulted in her undergoing some 35 medical operations. She was in the hospital long periods of time, much of it alone. She began painting in the hospital. Most of her paintings are self-portraits. She was often in pain, son many paintings depict her in agony. She showed her paintings to the famous Mexican painter Diego Rivera, whom she had met a few years earlier. He was very impressed by her works. Kahlo married Rivera in 1929, divorced him in 1939, and them remarried him again in 1941.She is said to have had a very primitivistic style. In 1943, she was appointed professor of painting at La Esmeralda, the Education Ministry’s School of Fine Arts, After suffering poor health for years because of bus accident, Kahlo died on July 13 1954 in her home town of Coyoacán.
One theme of world history that pertains to Kahlo is Empire Building. After Kahlo married Rivera, she traveled with him for a couple years around the United States, where he had received commissions for some murals. Her time in the United States strengthened her Mexican nationalism, and after returning to Mexico she continued to champion Mexican national identity and culture.
Another theme that pertains to Kahlo is Cultural Interaction. In 1938 Kahlo met André Breton, a leading surrealist, who loved her work. Both Breton and Marcel Duchamp were interested in arranging some of the exhibits of her work in the United States and Europe.
A quote that shows a lot about Kahlo's work is “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” Frida painted a lot of self-portraits. She spent many weeks in the hospital and painted to pass the time.