I thought I would share some choice cuts from my many, many pins and saved links on the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. The powerful, gutsy, unapologetic intensity of her work really blows me away. There is so much information out there about her, so many incredible stories and new discoveries. So, if you feel like falling a little bit in love, grab a cup of Mexican hot chocolate, settle down and click through for pics, links, love letters and a beautiful poem she inspired.
“A life of hope and defiance” – get to know Frida better with this great bio.
Explore her incredible art.
Published in its entirety, Frida’s diary offers a brilliant insight into the last ten year’s of her life.
Salma Hayek got Oscar, BAFTA, SAG and Golden Globe noms for her role in the movie.
“Only one mountain can know the core of another mountain.” Check out Frida’s intense hand-written love letters.
Like her hair? Here’s a handy tutorial.
A touring exhibition showcased Frida’s wonderful, colourful wardrobe, which championed traditional Oaxaca dress.
Pics, from top: On the cover of Vogue Mexico | Poster tribute to Frida Kahlo by Erendida Mancilla | Las Dos Fridas, 1932 | Frida and Diego | a love letter to Diego (available as a print on Etsy) | Frida in New York, taken by the photographer Nickloas Murray, with whom she had a decade-long affair.
And finally, this poem by Marty McConnell captures her well (so well, in fact, that there are tons of quotes from it attributed to Kahlo!), and serves as a beautiful reminder that no love is ever wasted:
Frida Kahlo to Marty McConnell
by Marty McConnell
leaving is not enough; you must
stay gone. train your heart
like a dog. change the locks
even on the house he’s never
visited. you lucky, lucky girl.
you have an apartment
just your size. a bathtub
full of tea. a heart the size
of Arizona, but not nearly
so arid. don’t wish away
your cracked past, your
crooked toes, your problems
are papier mache puppets
you made or bought because the vendor
at the market was so compelling you just
had to have them. you had to have him.
and you did. and now you pull down
the bridge between your houses.
you make him call before
he visits. you take a lover
for granted, you take
a lover who looks at you
like maybe you are magic. make
the first bottle you consume
in this place a relic. place it
on whatever altar you fashion
with a knife and five cranberries.
don’t lose too much weight.
stupid girls are always trying
to disappear as revenge. and you
are not stupid. you loved a man
with more hands than a parade
of beggars, and here you stand. heart
like a four-poster bed. heart like a canvas.
heart leaking something so strong
they can smell it in the street.
Still with me? I hope you enjoyed this epic link round-up. Let me know if you uncover any fun Frida facts.