Inspiration : Frida Kahlo

Hello my beautiful people, how are we all doing ?? Well I hope just not losing the cool coz the heat is really getting intense these days. The evenings have become my favourite part of the day as the sun is much calmer and there is most of the times a little breeze in the air and that totally makes up for some “nature & me” time for me. I have been loving it because I am that kind of a person who likes to sit back and enjoy the slow pace of nature and everything that it has to offer. Do let me know about your favourite part of the day currently, I would love to hear that.

Okay so coming to today’s post, this marks the beginning of a new series called – “Inspiration” on this blog. As the name suggests, it’s all about taking inspiration from people from around the world who have been an example of strength & art and also trying to get to know them a little more. First up on my list being the very peculiar twentieth century’s mexican painter “Frida Kahlo“.

Frida Kahlo : 1907 – 1954
Polio at the age of six, Fractured bones in a horrific bus accident at the age of eighteen, several miscarriages, a complex marriage ; Frida chose painting as a medium to reflect her pain and sufferings during her long recuperation.
Around a third of her paintings are self portraits. She once said in an interview, “I paint myself because I am often alone and because I am the subject I know best…I think that little by little, I’ll be able to solve my own problems and survive.”
Unapologetic Feminist ! Frida took pride in her imperfections, she never complied with the social norms. As unique as a woman can be in her times, Frida had a unibrow, a moustache, didn’t shave her body hair, smoked & drank freely, didn’t hide her sexuality, got involved with men as well as women.
Frida was a member of Mexico’s Communist Party in her youth and she always stayed close to her Mexican roots. She proudly promoted her culture through the way she carried herself. Flowers on her head, braided hairstyles, floral & embroidered clothing, chunky jewellery ; Her personal style was one word – Powerful.
Frida’s art was her gift but that is not what she wanted to make a career in. She wanted to become a doctor but due to her long sickness, studying medicine was not of any help. And, eventually she fell back to her inbound talent – painting which was her form of salvation.
Kahlo married a man who was twenty years older than her – Diego Rivera, the much prominent Mexican painter who she was a fan of. Together, they were two of the most important artists of the 20th Century. When they married, her parents called them ‘the elephant’ and ‘the dove’. As Diego had a huge physical presence whereas, Frida looked petite.
They got married in 1929 and divorced in 1940 to only get remarried the same year. They often painted each other’s portraits. And their problems and complexities were quite prominent in their artwork.
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Henry Ford Hospital, 1932 by Frida Kahlo This painting is one piece that spoke about the losses and pain that Frida went through. The bus accident had severely injured her back and pelvis. And as a result of that, she suffered many miscarriages. She was deeply affected with the physical and mental pain.
Frida is an inspiration in the way she fought against all the odds, kept the zeal on till the end ; When she died in 1954, she was working on a portrait of Stalin who was a revolutionary and the general secretary of the communist party. Frida’s unconventional way of living her life and her fighting spirit is what everyone must look upto.
Frida once said, “I’m not sick. I’m broken. But I am happy as long as I paint.”

Isn’t that simply great, how a woman who suffered so terribly lead a life so beautifully. I had always been in awe of her whenever I saw her pictures online with some motivational quotes written on them. I knew her name, but never tried to read about her. I was aware that she was an influencer but only now, I researched and found about her background story. And I am left spellbound; today m so glad that I am doing what m doing, what makes me really happy.

Thank you Frida. For being Frida !!
Until next time

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Cape/Shrug – Sarojini Nagar Market ( INR 100 ) , cream dress – GK1 M block Market ( old purchase ) , Rings – Various Places , Earings – Forever 21 ( way old ) , Necklace – Fab India (old purchase)

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