TO FRIDA

 

With inspiration from Frida Kahlo's life and art

 

 

He overshadowed Frida Kahlo throughout her artistic life, but in the 1980s she became an international cult figure, and today is probably better known than he is. She was an active communist , and it is alleged that she had an affair with Lev Trotsky , who was executed outside his home in Mexico by a Stalinist agent in 1940.

Although Kahlo's work has sometimes been classified as surreal , and she sometimes exhibited it alongside other European surrealists, she opposed the label. Her interest in women's motifs and the figurative sincerity she expressed in her paintings led her to gain cult status in many feminist circles in the latter half of the 20th century .

Frida Kahlo died on July 13, 1954 of a blood clot in her lungs. Her ashes are placed in a pre-Columbian urn on display in her former home, La Casa Azul (The Blue House) in Coyoacán, which was turned into a museum that also exhibits many of her works.

Below you will find my Frida inspired designs and more are being prepared.
Patterns only in Norwegian - go to the page Translated patterns to see the selection
For many years I have been fascinated by the artist Frida Kahlo's work and the fascination did not diminish when I saw the film Frida in the late 1980s. For several years I have worked with a series of sweaters and jackets inspired by Frida Kahlo's use of color, both in her paintings and her costume and there are always new designs coming up, so stay tuned.

Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón was born in her parents' house in Coyoacán , which at the time was a small town on the outskirts of Mexico City . Her father was a painter and photographer of German - Jewish origin. His family originally came from Oradea , Romania . In 1925, when Kahlo was 18, she was involved in a serious traffic accident in which she almost died. After this, Kahlo began to paint. She often painted her own personal experiences, and her pictures were sharp depictions of her own pain and of the hard life women lived in. 55 of her 143 pictures were self-portraits. She was also influenced by Mexican Native American culture, which she portrayed in bright colors , with a mixture of realism and symbolism.

The works of art she painted attracted the attention of the artist Diego Rivera , whom she later married, then divorced, and then remarried to him.

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