Fun Facts about Frida Kahlo

Fun Facts about Frida Kahlo:
How much do you know?
Megan Johnson
5th Period
AP Literature
When Frida Kahlo was born, what
name was she given?
• Magdalena. She was born Magdalena Carmen
Frieda Kahlo Calderon on July 6th 1907.
Frida Kahlo did not originally
intend to become an artist. As a
polio survivor, what program did
she enter at 15?
• A premedical program in Mexico City.
What tragic accident occurred
when Kahlo was 18, causing her
problems for the rest of her life?
• A trolley accident. She ended up with a
broken spinal column, a broken collarbone,
broken ribs, a broken pelvis, 11 fractures in
her right leg, a dislocated and crushed right
foot, and her shoulder was out of joint.
Of all Frida’s works, what is she
most famous for?
• Self-portraits. She once said, “I paint myself
because I am so often alone and because I am
the subject I know best."
What art movement was Kahlo
often identified with by its
• Surrealism. She never classified herself with a
group and detested being put in one.
Diego and Frida were married in
what year?
• 1929. Diego married Frida on August 21, 1929.
He wasn’t faithful in their marriage, cheating
on Frida with many women.
Frida and Diego’s
marriage was often
compared to what?
• A union between a dove and an elephant.
This was because Diego was very huge and fat
and Frida was very small (a little over five feet)
and slender.
In 1928, Frida painted a portrait of
a woman who went on to have an
affair with her husband, Diego.
Who was the woman?
• Her sister Cristina. Cristina modeled
for Diego and this contact developed
into an affair in 1934.
Frida Kahlo was Diego Rivera’s
_________ wife?
• Third. They divorced but remarried in 1940.
Their second marriage was just as turbulent as
their first.
What famous female artist
did Kahlo have an affair
• Georgia O'Keeffe. It was no secret that Frida
was bi-sexual. She kept lesbian friends and
lovers just as often as she kept male friends
and lovers. She also had an affair with the wife
of one of the surrealists.
What was the date of
Frida Kahlo’s death?
• July 13, 1954. She died at the age of 47 and
there is still speculation about whether or not
she committed suicide.
What are the famous words Frida
wrote in her diary the night before
she died? (English translation)
• “I hope the exit is joyful and I hope never to
Lyrics to “Cielito Lindo”
Through dark tresses, heavenly one,
a pair of deep brown eyes
lower as they approach,
a stolen glance.
Ay, ay, ay, ay,
sing and don't cry,
heavenly one, for singing
gladdens hearts.
A bird that abandons
his first nest, heavenly one,
then finds it occupied by another,
deserves to lose it.
That beauty mark you have
next to your mouth, heavenly one,
don't share with anyone but me
who appreciates it.
If your little mouth, my dark girl,
were made of sugar,
I would spend my time
enjoying its sweetness.
From your house to mine
there is no more than a step.
Before your mother comes,
heavenly one, give me a hug.
Cupid shot off an arrow,
heavenly one,
And though he was playing,
I was wounded.

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