I’ve always believed the best artists have tortured souls and although it’s unfortunate, they produce amazing works of art. Whether it be paintings, gardens or music. Frida went through both excruciating physical and mental pain throughout her life, and her 70 self portraits reflect this.
At age 18 she was in a horrifying traffic accident breaking her spine, collar bone and pelvis. She suffered immense pain throughout her life and it prevented her from having children. She was pregnant 3 times, but lost them all. Frida’s marriage to Diego Rivera, a prominent Mexican painter, was tumultuous to say the least. Although he was the love of her life.
Frida found peace in the garden at her home, La Casa Azul. The cobalt blue walls of this house stand out in the Mexico City neighborhood. Although it’s not known whether she actually gardened, there are many pictures of her enjoying the garden. Her room in which she spent her last living days overlooked the garden. She once said “I paint flowers so they will not die”.
“Because I am the person I know best, I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.” -Frida Kahlo
Roots, 1943 by Frida Kahlo