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Kahlo's work was often violent or otherwise unpleasant sometimes to the point of my not being able to view it. And yet, art does not have to be "pretty." It should have a message and hers does. Her work, whether one is a fan or not, is compelling.
Kahlo preferred dressing in native Mexican costume and paid great attention to her hair and make-up even when gravely ill. The numerous self-portraits she created range in mood from violent (i.e. showing herself as a deer shot through with arrows or a woman ripped open from neck to navel and covered with nails), to heart-rending (showing herself naked and bleeding profusely from complications of childbirth), to more Kahlo is recognized as one of the great artists of the 20th Century. A short summary of her life and work is shown here (source - http://digitalconsciousness.com/renowned/20c.phtml ) and more information and samples of her work are available at that site.
Kahlo was born in Coyoacan, a suburb of Mexico City. She was afflicted with polio that stunted the growth of her right leg and in 1925, a bus accident drove, a piece of iron into her pelvis and back. In 1929 she married the then 42 year old world-renowned Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. She suffered numerous miscarriages that caused her great grief. Her dramatic work consisted primarily of self-portraits, reflections of her personal history, her relationship with Diego Rivera; her damaged physical condition, her philosophy of nature and life, and her individual and mythological worldview. In the 1940s she taught art, and her students became known as Los Fridos.
Frida Kahlo Self-Portrait