Viva Frida!


Frida, towards the latter part of her life, began painting still-lifes esp. of watermelons…sandia forever

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Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954)

On this date in 1954,  Frida Kahlo left her body — at just 47 years old — but left us with her visionary, inspiring body of work.  She resisted when art critics called her work “Surrealist,” saying:  “I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.” Her last painting depicted sliced watermelons — and in one of the slices she painted, “Viva La Vida” (live the life — or live life).  A gifted writer as well as painter, Frida was the author of the illustrated Diary of Frida Kahlo, available here. (Note on above illustration: Mural in Los Angeles by Siner; photograph by Patrice Raunet)

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