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Celebrating The Life Of Frida Kahlo Through The Photography Of Gisèle Freund

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Frida Kahlo was born on the 6th of July 1907 in Mexico City and passed away in her hometown forty seven years later on the 13th of July. To celebrate her 110th birthday and to mark the 63rd anniversary of her passing, we bring you one of the most fascinating photographic collections about the life of Kahlo, taken by famed German-French photographer Gisèle Freund during the early 1950’s.

Kahlo is considered a symbol of modern art and one of the most famous icons of XX century culture. Although she only lived for 47 years, she left behind a body of art that still resonates today, while her legacy as a fashion icon also cannot be underestimated.

Frida Kahlo passed away in Coyoacán, Mexico City just a year after Gisèle Freund had returned to Paris. Freund’s photo collection of Kahlo was published by Harry N. Abrams in 2015 and exhibited at Throckmorton Fine Art in New York City that same year.

1. Freund came to live with Kahlo and her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, in Mexico City after fleeing from political tension in Argentina in 1950

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2. At the time, Kahlo’s health was deteriorating rapidly

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3. A series of unsuccessful spinal surgeries had left the artist suffering physically, as well as mentally and emotionally

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4. Kahlo and Rivera married in 1928, divorced in 1940 and remarried a year later

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5. Their relationship, which lasted until Frida’s death, was one of passion, extramarital affairs and volatility

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6. Kahlo was left disabled by polio as a child, and a traffic accident she experienced at 18 caused her pain and medical problems for the rest of her life

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7. At the time Freund joined the artist couple in Mexico City, Frida’s art was becoming dark and grim, but her clothes always remained colourful and eccentric

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8. The German-French photographer captured some of the most tumultuous, but also most fascinating years of the Mexican artist’s life

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9. Gisèle Freund passed away in Paris in 2000, aged 91

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10. It wasn’t until 2015, almost six decades after most of the collection was taken, that the photos were exhibited for the first time

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11. Before the traffic accident in her teens, Frida was set to pursue a medical career but abandoned plans about higher education soon afterward

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12. A naïve painter, her folk art mixes autobiography and fantasy in a quirky and original magical realism

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13. Kahlo’s art explores questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society

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14. Today, Kahlo’s work is celebrated globally as emblematic of Mexican national and indigenous traditions

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15. The artist is regarded as an icon of the feminist and LGBT movements, as well as the movement for Mexican American empowerment

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Source:Gisèle Freund
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