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Photo: Self Portrait with Necklace of Thornsby Frida Kahlo via American-Buddha I remember the moment I saw my first Frida Kahlo p...


Photo: Self Portrait with Necklace of Thornsby Frida Kahlo via American-Buddha

I remember the moment I saw my first Frida Kahlo painting; it was as if a fire was set inside my chest! I never questioned it I completely understood it, that painting was "The Two Fridas". I understood the concept of having several versions of self who stand in for particular situations; I not only understood it I lived it!

Photo: The Two Fidas by Frida Kahlo via American-Buddha

That painting ignited my interest in Frida and after seeking Frida parts of myself were found. She is one of my soul mates, emotionally I can relate to her, she painted many of my feelings decades prior to my birth and that's unbelievably amazing. I loved the way she felt, the way she survived, and the way she loved...these are all things I understand all too well.

Photo: Roots by Frida Kahlo via American-Buddha


Read more about my connection with Frida and see more of my favorite paintings and photos!
 

Frida Kahlo via American-Buddha

Frida was very beautiful yet she took chances expressing herself by exploring clothing and bending gender roles. She was often known to dress in mens clothing. And although Frida was married to Diego Riveria she was openly bisexual and had several lesbian love affairs.
  
Photo: Frida Kahlo and family via American-Buddha

Photo: The Earth Itself by  Frida Kahlo via American-Buddha
 
Photo: The Bus by Frida Kahlo via Tao Art School

After being badly injured in a bus accident Frida lived life in pain although she disguised her anguish very well.  She tried to live life as normal as possible not wanting anyone to feel sorry for her in any way! Frida married famed artist Diego Riveria and she loved him dearly. During their marriage Diego had countless affairs including a yearlong affair with Frida's younger sister.
Despite the fact Diego had broken her heart she continued to love him even after they divorced; although she loved Diego she claimed Diego was the worst accident of her life. To Frida the affects of her broken heart in many ways far more painful than her physical injuries.

 
Photo: Frida Kahlo via American-Buddha

Photo: Frida Kahlo and Diego Riveria Frida Kahlo via American-Buddha

The bus accident left Frida unable to have children which could be why she later became obssessed with the creation of life. Although Frida was told she couldn't have children due to her injuries from the bus accident she did get pregnant several time during her marriage with Diego she had an abortion and a terrible miscarriage.

Photo: Sun and Life by Frida Kahlo via American-Buddha

 
 Photo: Henry Ford Hospital by Frida Kahlo via American-Buddha

The bus accident injured her but the operation she had in New York was the ultimate cause of health's demise. The called this operation "The Beginning of the End"

Photo: Tree of Hope, Stand Fast by Frida Kahlo via American-Buddha

Photo: Broken Column by Frida Kahlo via American-Buddha

Photo: The Dream by Frida Kahlo via American-Buddha

Frida painted until she couldn't paint anymore. Until she died she loved Diego Riveria.

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