In this segment Torrego & Daniel talk about the famous Mexican Frida khalo in what would be his birthday of 101 years, Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon always was passionate by the culture and tradition of its country and did not hesitate to show it through its props, costumes and paintings. His work was always impacted by his personal life, he overcame polio at the age of 6, which left sequels until adulthood and at the age of 18 suffered a serious bus accident that collided with a train and left a long period in the hospital.
Although depressed and unable to walk, Frida began to paint her image, with a mirror hanging in front of her and an easel adapted so she could paint lying down.
55 of her 143 paintings are self-portraits, which is perhaps understandable when one thinks of how long she spent alone while recovering from a variety of health problems. His introspective work becomes even more impactful by using self-portraiture to express his inner struggles and mental and mental suffering.
In April 1953, he opened his first solo exhibition in Mexico at Galeria Arte Contemporaneo. At the time, Kahlo was resting in bed under the doctor’s orders and did not expect to attend. However, she made sure to be there, arriving by ambulance and asking that her bed be taken to the gallery. She was brought on a stretcher to bed where she was able to enjoy the opening. Just a few months later, her right leg was amputated in the knee due to gangrene and just over a year after opening, she was found dead at age 47.
Kahlo’s place in popular culture began to grow in the 1970s, when scholars began to question the exclusion of female and non-Western artists from history books. Her outspokenness with her sexuality – she was bisexual – and her double-breasted dress made her an iconic figure in the LGBT community. Her ferocious pride in her Mexican roots and promotion looking away from the colonial roots of Mexico also made her a source of pride for the Chicanos. The term “Frida-mania” has been used to describe the phenomenon, with the 21st century romanticism of Kahlo’s life almost overshadowing its true history.
In 1939, when the Louvre acquired his painting The Frame, Kahlo became the first Mexican artist of the 20th century to have his work in a large international collection. The 1938 self-portrait is now on display at the Pompidou Center in Paris as part of the Musée National d’Art Moderne.
But this is not the only album that Frida broke. While her first auction painting, The Tree of Hope Stands Firm (1944) brought only $ 19,000 when it was sold at Sotheby’s in 1977, the market for her work continued to grow. In 1984, his work was declared part of Mexico’s national cultural heritage, making it rare to find his paintings at international auctions. Still, in 1990 she was the first Latin American artist to sell at auction for more than $ 1 million, when Diego and I sold for $ 1.4 million. His work continues to gain in value, with two lovers in a forest selling for $ 8 million in 2016.
These achievements are all the more impressive when she recalls that during her life she was often called “Diego Rivera’s wife,” not as an artist in her own right.
“Why do I need feet when I have wings to fly.”