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March 21, 2015

40 Fascinating Black and White Portraits of Frida Kahlo From Between the 1930s and 1940s

“I paint self-portraits, because I’m so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” – Frida Kahlo.
Artist Frida Kahlo was considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists who began painting mostly self-portraits after she was severely injured in a bus accident. Kahlo later became politically active and married fellow communist artist Diego Rivera in 1929. She exhibited her paintings in Paris and Mexico before her death in 1954. Below is a collection of 40 fascinating portraits of Frida Kahlo from between the 1930s and 1940s.

Frida Kahlo by Imogen Cunningham, 1930.

Frida Kahlo by Julien Levy, 1938.

Frida Kahlo in the artist’s studio by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, 1932.

Frida Kahlo sits with her arms folded, looking down, in front of one of her paintings and a wooden bird cage, c.1945.

Frida Kahlo with self-portrait drawing by Diego Rivera (1930), Coyoacan, circa 1945. Photo by Manuel Alvarez Bravo.

Frida Kahlo by Florence Arquin, c.1941.

Frida Kahlo photographed in 1946 after an operation.

Frida Kahlo and her dog Xolo.

Frida Kahlo by Leo Matiz, 1946

Frida Kahlo painting “The Two Fridas,” ca.1938 by Nickolas Muray.

Frida Kahlo by Lucienne Bloch, 1933.

Frida Kahlo by Lucienne Bloch, 1935.

Frida Kahlo holding her pet monkey, Mexico City, 1944.

Frida Kahlo in Front of the Unfinished Unity Panel, 1933. Photographed by Lucienne Bloch.

Frida boating at Xochimilco, Fritz Henle, 1936.

Frida Kahlo at the Barbizon Plaza Hotel, 1932. Photographed by Lucienne Bloch.

Frida Kahlo in Manuel Álvarez Bravo's studio, 1932.

Frida Kahlo by Lola Alvarez Bravo, 1944.

Frida Kahlo by Lola Alvarez Bravo, 1944.

Frida Kahlo by Carl Van Vechten, 1932.

Frida Kahlo by Guillermo Davila, 1929.

Frida Kahlo, 1932.

Frida Kahlo by Juan Guzman, c.1930.

Frida Kahlo by Fritz Henle, 1937.

Frida lying on her stomach by Nickolas Muray, 1946.

Frida Kahlo in the Casa Azul, anonymous photographer, 1930.

Frida Kahlo arriving in New York, 1938.

Frida Kahlo by Lola Alvarez Bravo, 1944..

Frida Kahlo painting "Self-Portrait on the Borderline Between Mexico and the United States" in the Detroit Institute of Arts mural project studio, 1932. Photograph by W.J. Stettler.

Frida Kahlo by Leo Matiz, 1946.

Frida Kahlo by Leo Matiz, 1946.

Frida Kahlo by Leo Matiz, 1946.

Frida Kahlo by Leo Matiz, 1941.


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  2. Shannon VandervestMarch 21, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Looking at those photographs was like taking a step back in time.

  3. Nice, delete my comments all day. I've reported the copyright infringement to your website host, as well as the search engines. Copyright infringement IS a punishable offense.

    Check your email. :)

  4. Very cool blog Dude - will link

    Active communists, Kahlo and Rivera befriended Leon Trotsky during the late 1930s, after he fled Norway to Mexico to receive political asylum from the Soviet Union, where he was expelled and sentenced to death during Joseph Stalin's leadership. During 1937, Trotsky lived initially with Rivera and then at Kahlo's home (where he and Kahlo had an affair)

  5. Awesome! A lot of these have much more grace than what we can see in today's mags :)

  6. Not sure all these details are correct. Rivera intervened with President Cardinas to grant Trotsky asylum in Mexico. He arrived in January 1937 and stayed at a villa with Rivera and Kahlo, who were married. The Trotsky-Kahlo affair is a rumor that has never been substantiated. Trotsky moved out to his own villa, where he was assassinated on August 20, 1940 by a Stalinist agent.

  7. Julie Taymor's film "FRIEDA" is one of the rare times an exceptioanl artist is captured by an exceptional artist on film. Perfect.

  8. She a was Jewish and a communist but a very interesting woman. I will post a painting I did with my dog Happy

  9. Frida K was jewish and Mexican as her mother was Mexican.

  10. Kathryn Kayser DamronMarch 23, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    Why are we discussing Rivera, Trotsky and Stalin? THESE ARE PHOTOS OF FRIDA KAHLO. MEN. please take your focus off of yourselves for one blissful moment to enjoy the beauty and creativity of this amazing WOMEN.

  11. I was immediately drawn to her because she is one of few people on earth who can understand my pain - after multiple back surgeries for scoliosis. Only her injuries were caused by a trauma, but the result was the same for me. Never ending unrelenting pain. She is my soul sister for sure.

  12. You're making this about your agenda rather than about Frida Kahlo. Kahlo lived an interesting life in which she associated with men and was involved in significant events. Why should we have qualms about discussing the things Kahlo herself chose to do? How do you remove Frida Kahlo from what she did with her life? It is all a part of who she was. Goodness.

  13. "Jewish and a communist BUT interesting"? First of all, even if you find communism incriminating, do you find Jewishness incriminating? Second of all, even if you disapprove of either one, does that keep someone from being interesting?

  14. No silly of course not. Did you see my ode to Frieda with Happiness?

  15. Kathryn Kayser DamronMarch 23, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    You do not have the cognitive chops to determine what anyone's agenda is, by a response on a blog. Move along.

  16. True that. Interesting. Frieda was a romantic.

  17. Also Crispin you just want to find fault. Looking for confrontation. A negative personality. Too bad for you.

  18. Sorry, I was immediately struck by the question of why you said "but" as well. It's your business if you care to reflect on that, but they're your words.

  19. i caught that too Crispin

  20. My error, I shouldn't have taken your words as an expression of your own ideas. I can see how that would interfere with a discussion of the ideas you introduced. Moving along!

  21. Rena Bearden JohanssonMarch 23, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Beautiful Frida!

  22. Rena Bearden JohanssonMarch 23, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Same for me

  23. Not crazy or in favor of communism. Nor was I thrilled by Frieda's love of Diego. He treated her badly and he was ugly, BUT talented
    Two bad choices on Frieda's part. BUT it made her who she was.

  24. Thats a woman?! What do you mean thats a woman?

  25. Here
    are some striking portraits of Frida Kahlo, and it is good to have them
    in one site. Some we all know, like Imogen Cuningham's portrait. Other images are less well known

    you all go "wow", the cropping in this group of pix is crass
    and unforgivable. In particular, well one of about seven in particular,
    is Fritz Henle's square-no-more Rolleiflex portrait of Frida boating
    at Xochimilco, 1936. Big time annoyance!. I loathe people who have no understanding of visual media and who mindlessly
    savage other people's images. Fritz Heinle's portrait told a whole story, not it is just a close snap with no story and no relevance to place

  26. And the polio, davys, so there would have been post polio syndrome to contend with as well. And boy are post impairment syndromes tiring! My gripe would be that the polio reference is in the same sentence as the word 'inspiring'. Frieda is one of the few disabled women artists -ever- before say the late 20th century to write about her feelings of either disablement OR impairment (not the same thing) in a way modern disabled people recogniswe as containing similar experiences to our own. Yet you can study disability in history for 5 years and never FIND a reference to Kahlo?

  27. Some may not agree with me but i find her beauty exquisite. She was so far ahead of her time. Really on the edge with her creations.

  28. I believe everyone is the sum total of everything they see, hear, experience, and feel. If they avoid a certain experience, good or bad, they are a slightly different person. Not better, not worse, just different. For it is what we live through that forms and shapes our feelings and attitudes about everything, and even a small event can change the choices we make. We cannot lament or regret anything about our lives because everything has to be exactly as it was for us to be who we presently are.

    Deep, huh? but essentially true, I feel.

  29. Welcome to the human race... Some of us think differently, have different triggers that set off different responses. I like to see different responses, it makes life more interesting... Vive la difference...

  30. What does her nationality have got to do with anything ?

  31. Michelle Rene' Purkes GuzmanMarch 25, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    Who our family is and where we live are both parts of who we are. It impacts how others treat us and colors our world view.

  32. I agree with Darrell - just look at the photo of her after an operation: hair down, wearing pants, and while in pain, still exuding charisma. A major and extraordinary life of suffering, abandonment, creative genius and passion.
    Maggie Driscoll

  33. join me and kanba flow is my favourites love these wisata pulau
    and jasa pembuatan

  34. picatostes.




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