Frida Kahlo Overcame Pain with Paint
After a trolley accident confined her to a body cast for three months, 19-year-old Frida Kahlo began to paint. She specialized in self-portraits, saying, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best." Her stormy relationship with Diego Rivera became a constant source of drama in her life, though the two remained entangled despite their respective affairs.
Key Facts In This Video
A trolley accident left Frida Kahlo crippled at age 19, and she endured physical pain for the rest of her life. (0:31)
Frida Kahlo identified as bisexual, and had many men and women as lovers throughout her life. (0:51)
Frida Kahlo's paintings remained largely uncelebrated while she was alive. (1:28)