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The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo Documentary

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This Documentary is such a pleasure to watch.  Until now I never really knew much about her. As you listen to it and also her voice you are invited into her life. A life that was filled with pain for her. At a young age, she was diagnosed with polio and spent many days and weeks in the house. Her father was her saviour, he was a photographer and Frida spent most of her time with him. 

She was a clever girl and when she was unable to move from her bed and room she would paint. The paintings you see are of her.  She wanted to capture her passion and pain in them. Some of them are gory and show just what the inner pains and malfunctions were inside. Her body on the outside and inside was crippled and she suffered very much. One way that enabled her to try and forget about it was the way that she dressed. She loved to wear lots of jewellery. She wore necklaces, rings and bracelets.  Her hair was also tied up with fancy ribbons and her clothes were very colourful.  

As a young woman, she liked to dress in her own way. She was often seen wearing a suit and tie, which she was very comfortable in.

She did have many lovers who were men and women but the man that she loved the most was Diego.  He would feature in a journal that she wrote and each page was dedicated to him.

To Frida life was everything and she loved it all, even though her ill health sometimes prevented her from doing more.

She had never had an exhibition of her work, but near to the end of her life, she did have one.  Everyone came to her home and gathered around her bed. 

Soon her health took a turn for the worse and her foot and part of her leg had to be amputated. She had already been wheelchaired bound, but after this operation, she would never leave her chair again.

She died not long after her operation.  She died at home.  The house that she was born in.  Her friend and lover Diego was heartbroken and lost without her. He felt as though half of him was missing and within three weeks he had also died.

Her art and paintings have become popular all over the world.  The vibrant colours and animals in them show us all the kind of person she was. She even exaggerated her eyebrows for her paintings and also included a moustache.  She painted for herself and loved to do so.

She  wrote many quotes and here are a few of them

“I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”  

“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.”






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