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Quotes by Frida Kahlo

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Wikipedia Summary for Frida Kahlo

Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈfɾiða ˈkalo]; 6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954) was a Mexican painter known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Inspired by the country's popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy. In addition to belonging to the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl movement, which sought to define a Mexican identity, Kahlo has been described as a surrealist or magical realist. She is known for painting about her experience of chronic pain.

Born to a German father and a mestiza mother, Kahlo spent most of her childhood and adult life at La Casa Azul, her family home in Coyoacán – now publicly accessible as the Frida Kahlo Museum. Although she was disabled by polio as a child, Kahlo had been a promising student headed for medical school until she suffered a bus accident at the age of 18, which caused her lifelong pain and medical problems. During her recovery, she returned to her childhood interest in art with the idea of becoming an artist.

Kahlo's interests in politics and art led her to join the Mexican Communist Party in 1927, through which she met fellow Mexican artist Diego Rivera. The couple married in 1929, and spent the late 1920s and early 1930s travelling in Mexico and the United States together. During this time, she developed her artistic style, drawing her main inspiration from Mexican folk culture, and painted mostly small self-portraits which mixed elements from pre-Columbian and Catholic beliefs. Her paintings raised the interest of Surrealist artist André Breton, who arranged for Kahlo's first solo exhibition at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York in 1938; the exhibition was a success, and was followed by another in Paris in 1939. While the French exhibition was less successful, the Louvre purchased a painting from Kahlo, The Frame, making her the first Mexican artist to be featured in their collection. Throughout the 1940s, Kahlo participated in exhibitions in Mexico and the United States and worked as an art teacher. She taught at the Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado ("La Esmeralda") and was a founding member of the Seminario de Cultura Mexicana. Kahlo's always-fragile health began to decline in the same decade. She had her first solo exhibition in Mexico in 1953, shortly before her death in 1954 at the age of 47.

Kahlo's work as an artist remained relatively unknown until the late 1970s, when her work was rediscovered by art historians and political activists. By the early 1990s, she had become not only a recognized figure in art history, but also regarded as an icon for Chicanos, the feminism movement and the LGBTQ+ movement. Kahlo's work has been celebrated internationally as emblematic of Mexican national and indigenous traditions and by feminists for what is seen as its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.

Quote: Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of brown and white ceramic dog figurine
Photo Credit: Karsten Winegeart

Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.


Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic.


Quote: I paint flowers so they will not die. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of white wooden table near brown chair
Photo Credit: Bench Accounting

I paint flowers so they will not die.


Quote: I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of gray concrete surface
Photo Credit: Henry & Co.

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.


I love you more than my own skin.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I love you more than my own skin and even though you don’t love me the same way, you love me anyways, don’t you? And if you don’t, I’ll always have the hope that you do, and i’m satisfied with that. Love me a little. I adore you.


Quote: I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of outer space
Photo Credit: NASA

I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.


Quote: I hope the leaving is joyful; and I hope never to return. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I hope the leaving is joyful; and I hope never to return.


Quote: What would I do without the absurd and the ephemeral? by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

What would I do without the absurd and the ephemeral?


Quote: People in general are scared to death of the war and all the exhibitions have been a failure, because the rich bitches don't want to buy anything. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

People in general are scared to death of the war and all the exhibitions have been a failure, because the rich bitches don't want to buy anything.


Quote: Surrealism is the magical surprise of finding a lion in a wardrobe, where you were 'sure' of finding shirts. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

Surrealism is the magical surprise of finding a lion in a wardrobe, where you were 'sure' of finding shirts.


Quote: Can one invent verbs? I want to tell you one: I sky you, so my wings extend so large to love you without measure. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

Can one invent verbs? I want to tell you one: I sky you, so my wings extend so large to love you without measure.


Quote: Your word travels the entirety of space and reaches my cells which are my stars then goes to yours which are my light. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

Your word travels the entirety of space and reaches my cells which are my stars then goes to yours which are my light.


Quote: Everyone's opinions about things change over time. Nothing is constant. Everything changes. And to hold onto some dogged idea forever is a little rigid and maybe naive. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

Everyone's opinions about things change over time. Nothing is constant. Everything changes. And to hold onto some dogged idea forever is a little rigid and maybe naive.


Quote: I wanted to tell you that my whole being opened for you. Since I fell in love with you everything is transformed and is full of beauty... love is like an aroma, like a current, like rain. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I wanted to tell you that my whole being opened for you. Since I fell in love with you everything is transformed and is full of beauty... love is like an aroma, like a current, like rain.


Quote: There is a skeleton (or death) that flees terrified in the face of my will to live. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

There is a skeleton (or death) that flees terrified in the face of my will to live.


Quote: I must fight with all my strength so that the little positive things that my health allows me to do might be pointed toward helping the revolution. The only real reason for living. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I must fight with all my strength so that the little positive things that my health allows me to do might be pointed toward helping the revolution. The only real reason for living.


Quote: I am that clumsy human, always loving, loving, loving. And loving. And never leaving. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I am that clumsy human, always loving, loving, loving. And loving. And never leaving.


Quote: It's not possible to present an accurate picture of our culture without all the voices of the people in the culture. So at the emerging level, you can't have a good survey art show without women and artists of color. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

It's not possible to present an accurate picture of our culture without all the voices of the people in the culture. So at the emerging level, you can't have a good survey art show without women and artists of color.


Quote: Sexism and racism are parallel problems. You can compare them in some ways, but they're not at all the same. But they're both symptoms inside the white male power structure. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

Sexism and racism are parallel problems. You can compare them in some ways, but they're not at all the same. But they're both symptoms inside the white male power structure.


Quote: My blood is a miracle that, from my veins, crosses the air in my heart into yours. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

My blood is a miracle that, from my veins, crosses the air in my heart into yours.


Quote: The industrial part of Detroit is really the most interesting side, otherwise it's like the rest of the United States, ugly and stupid. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

The industrial part of Detroit is really the most interesting side, otherwise it's like the rest of the United States, ugly and stupid.




Quote: This upper class is disgusting and I'm furious at all these rich people here, having seen thousands of people in abject squalor. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

This upper class is disgusting and I'm furious at all these rich people here, having seen thousands of people in abject squalor.


Quote: I tried to drown my sorrows but the bastards learned how to swim. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I tried to drown my sorrows but the bastards learned how to swim.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.


Quote: You deserve a lover who takes away the lies and brings you hope, coffee, and poetry. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

You deserve a lover who takes away the lies and brings you hope, coffee, and poetry.


Quote: Her view of life, she told a friend, was: Make love. Take a bath. Make love again. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

Her view of life, she told a friend, was: Make love. Take a bath. Make love again.


Quote: Can verbs be made up? I'll tell you one. I heaven you, so my wings will open wide to love you boundlessly. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

Can verbs be made up? I'll tell you one. I heaven you, so my wings will open wide to love you boundlessly.


Quote: Mankind owns its destiny, and its destiny is the earth. We are destroying it until we have no destiny. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

Mankind owns its destiny, and its destiny is the earth. We are destroying it until we have no destiny.


Quote: I drank to drown my sorrows, but the damned things learned how to swim. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I drank to drown my sorrows, but the damned things learned how to swim.




Quote: I paint my own reality. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I paint my own reality.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.


Quote: I want a storm to come and flood us into a song that no one wrote. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I want a storm to come and flood us into a song that no one wrote.


Quote: There is nothing more precious than laughter. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

There is nothing more precious than laughter.


Quote: I don't paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I don't paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.


Quote: I think that little by little I'll be able to solve my problems and survive. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I think that little by little I'll be able to solve my problems and survive.


Quote: The most important thing for everyone in Gringolandia is to have ambition and become 'somebody,' and frankly, I don't have the least ambition to become anybody. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

The most important thing for everyone in Gringolandia is to have ambition and become 'somebody,' and frankly, I don't have the least ambition to become anybody.


Quote: Passion is the bridge that takes you from pain to change. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

Passion is the bridge that takes you from pain to change.


Quote: I am in agreement with everything my father taught me and nothing my mother taught me. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I am in agreement with everything my father taught me and nothing my mother taught me.


Quote: I find that Americans completely lack sensibility and good taste. They are boring, and they all have faces like unbaked rolls. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I find that Americans completely lack sensibility and good taste. They are boring, and they all have faces like unbaked rolls.


Quote: I am my own muse, the subject I know best. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I am my own muse, the subject I know best.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.


Quote: To paint is the most terrific thing that there is, but to do it well is very difficult. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

To paint is the most terrific thing that there is, but to do it well is very difficult.


Quote: My painting carries with it the message of pain. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

My painting carries with it the message of pain.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

My paintings are well-painted, not nimbly but patiently. My painting contains in it the message of pain. I think that at least a few people are interested in it. It's not revolutionary. Why keep wishing for it to be belligerent? I can't. Painting completed my life. I lost three children and a series of other things that would have fulfilled my horrible life. My painting took the place of all of this. I think work is the best.


Quote: Really, I do not know whether my paintings are surrealist or not, but I do know that they are the frankest expression of myself. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

Really, I do not know whether my paintings are surrealist or not, but I do know that they are the frankest expression of myself.




Quote: There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.


Quote: I was a child who went about in a world of colors... My friends, my companions, became women slowly; I became old in instants. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I was a child who went about in a world of colors... My friends, my companions, became women slowly; I became old in instants.


Quote: I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.


Quote: Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly? by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?


Quote: I am happy to be alive, as long as I can paint. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I am happy to be alive, as long as I can paint.


Quote: I put on the canvas whatever comes into my mind. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I put on the canvas whatever comes into my mind.


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