Frida Kahlo: Self-Portraits of Pain and Passion


With the Magazine placing the spotlight on self-portraits this month, we simply cannot ignore the spectacular works of Frida Kahlo, the renowned Mexican painter celebrated for her soulful self-portraits. Learn more about the artist and view some of her works after the jump.

Frida Kahlo. Photo via The Coincidental Dandy.

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

When it comes to self-portraits, one can never discount the works of celebrated Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. While she did not intend to become a painter, several events led her to become a self-taught artist, the most notable being the September 1925 accident which caused her to sustain several serious injuries. She spent three months recuperating while wearing a full body cast. It was during this time that she began painting to pass the time, most of her creations being self-portraits. “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best,” the self-taught artist once said.

First Photo: Frida Kahlo with one of her paintings, Two Fridas. Second Photo: Frida’s mother had a special easel made for her so she could paint while lying in bed. Photos via 365 Artists.

Kahlo’s paintings depict her personal experiences and tragedies—the numerous operations she had to go through after the accident, her tumultuous marriage to fellow artist Diego Rivera, and miscarriages. Created with a hint of surrealism, these portraits of pain and passion also had elements of Mexican culture and tradition, as evidenced by the vibrant hues that oppose her themes of agony.

But, rather than describing her works, it’s best to let some of her finest and most powerful self-portraits do the talking:

In order: Self-Portrait with the Collar of Spines, The Broken Column, Henry Ford Hospital, Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair, Two Fridas. Images via, 365 Artists, and The Coincidental Dandy.

Information for this article were taken from Frida Kahlo on Wikipedia and

How do you find Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits? Tell us with a comment below!

written by plasticpopsicle on 2012-03-02 #art #lifestyle #mexico #paintings #pain #lomography #self-portraits #painter #passion #surrealism #analogue-lifestyle #frida-kahlo #surrealist-art


  1. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Frida should have divorced that damn abusive drunk, Diego Rivera, so hard that he landed in the Gulf on the second bounce!! A great, world changing muralist can still be an evil jerk. Too much martyrdom in those self portraits. Girls, don't martyr yourselves to jerks of any gender. Love is not an excuse!!

  2. wiccat
    wiccat ·

    Love her self-portraits. She was a great artist and my role model as I got several health issues myself.

  3. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    @wiccat I adore her and see her as a role model, too. She has been a major inspiration for me, and I hope I can be as strong, creative, and passionate as her! :)

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