- Frida Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón. The name Frieda comes from the German word Friede, which means peace. She dropped the e from her name around 1935, and subsequently became known as Frida.
- Of her 143 paintings, 55 are self-portraits and 88 are not
She underwent 35 operations as a result of the bus accident she had in her youth
- She frequently included the symbolic monkey. In Mexican mythology, monkeys are symbols of lust, but Kahlo portrayed them as tender and protective symbols.
- The Louvre bought one of her paintings, The Frame. This was the first work by a 20th century Mexican artist ever purchased by the internationally renowned museum.
- Frida Kahlo’s ‘Roots’ holds the auction record for a Latin American piece of art.
- The 1943 work sold for US$ 5.6 million in 2006.
- Diego was 20 years older than Frida.
- Frida was injured in a bus accident at age 15, she died at age 47.
- Frida lived 4 years in the United States, including time here in San Francisco, CA
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