This July 6, the renowned Mexican painter Frida Kahlo would be 114 years old, however, she died at the young age of 47 in the same Casa Azul where she was born in Coyoacán. Today, on her 114th birthday, here are 10 facts you may not have known about the Mexican painter.
Record in sales
It was thanks to her well-known work Raíces that placed her in the record of the most expensive painting in Latin America, since her painting cost 5.6 million dollars in 2006. France's renowned national museum dedicated to fine arts as well as archeology and decorative arts received Frida Kahlo's work, The Frame, which was the first Mexican painting of the 20th century to be purchased by the Louvre Museum. It is worth mentioning that the Louvre Museum houses the most famous works of art in the world.
Of Frida Kahlo's 143 paintings, 55 are self-portraits. It is said that she painted herself because of her idea of loneliness and self-pain.
She often used monkeys in her paintings, which for her meant tenderness and protection.
The Mexican painter never had any problem showing her bisexuality, as it is well known that she had romances with both women and men.
It is well known that Kahlo and Rivera were married for many years, however, their relationship was full of infidelities. The Mexican artist always highlighted the physical and sexual attraction she felt for singer Chavela Vargas.
The most painful infidelity
Diego Rivera cheated on the Mexican artist with his sister Cristina, after she posed for a painting by Kahlo.
The accident that marked her life
When she was 18 years old, Frida suffered an accident caused by a vehicle, breaking her spine, collarbone, ribs, pelvis, fractures in her right leg, dislocated right foot and shoulder. As a result of the accident, the Mexican painter had to undergo 35 surgeries.
After marrying the muralist Diego Rivera in 1929, Kahlo always had the illusion of becoming a mother, however, a year after her marriage she suffered the first miscarriage of three she had throughout her life. This happened because on the day of the accident, a piece of iron wounded her abdomen and uterus.
Her real name
Frida Kahlo's full name is Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón, however, in 1935 she changed it to Frida, omitting the "e" from her real name, which in German means peace.