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Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo Biography

Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907, the third of four daughters of Wilhelm Kahlo, a German Jew of Hungarian descent, and Matilde Calderon de Kahlo, a mestizo Mexican. The family lived in a house that the parents had built themselves in 1904, in Coyoacan, a suburb of Mexico City. Frida’s maternal grandfather had been a photographer and had taught her father the craft. Wilhelm, who changed his name to Guillermo when he became a Mexican citizen, set himself up in business and rose to relative prosperity, receiving commissions from the Mexican government. However, the Mexican Revolution, which started in 1910 and would continue for several decades, brought an end to this work, and as a result, Kahlo’s childhood was spent in relative poverty, forcing her to start working at an early age.

Frida Kahlo 73 Most Important Paintings and Artworks

Frida Kahlo Bibliography

The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait by Frida Kahlo. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005.

Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera. Harper Perennial, 2002.

Frida Kahlo: The Paintings by Hayden Herrera. Harper Perennial, 2002.

I Will Never Forget You...: Frida Kahlo to Nickolas Muray by Salomon Grimberg. Schirmer/Mosel, 2005.

Frida Kahlo: The Painter And Her Work by Helga Prignitz-Poda, Frida Kahlo. Schirmer/Mosel, 2004.

Frida Kahlo 1907-1954: Pain and Passion by Andrea Kettenmann. Taschen, 2000. Biography by Yuri Mataev