Monday, December 31, 2007


A quick, mid-vacation post . . .

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has a fantastic Frida Kahlo exhibition up, including some early family photos of Frida as a teenager. The paintings were stunning and haunting, as I knew they would be, but the photographs almost stole the show for me. Even as a teenager, she was recognizably the iconic Frida Kahlo of her famous paintings--it's almost like she knew what she was going to do with her life and wanted to present a consistent image. I particularly loved this family portrait of her at 19. That's Frida on the left in her father's suit.

Interestingly, this was barely a year after the bus accident that horribly fractured her back, pelvis, and leg, and left her in pain for the rest of her life.

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