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Family of Matilde Calderón y González

Ricardo Ayluardo1890

Museo Frida Kahlo

Museo Frida Kahlo

Matilde Calderón y González was Frida Kahlo's mother. Here she appears with all her family. Frida wrote in the photograph, to mark where her mother is.
Since she was a child, Frida was close to photography. She used to accompany her father, Guillermo Kahlo —a well-known photographer of German origins and Hungarian heritage— she helped him in the darkroom, retouching photographic plates. This valuable archive containing more than five thousand images, which for many years remained dormant alongside drawings, stories, clothing, and medicine, is the product of Frida’s perseverance, for she worked, enjoyed, and cherished these pieces. It clearly reflects the artist’s major interests over the course of her turbulent life: her family, her love for Diego and her other loves, her damaged body, art, politics, and science, all of this wrapped in the great passion she had for México and all things Mexican. Frida treasured old family portraits, both on her maternal and paternal sides of the family and of course, those that Don Guillermo took of her, her mother, sisters and close friends. Self-portraits stand out from this group, which from an early age and throughout her life were the ones taken by Frida’s father.

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  • Title: Family of Matilde Calderón y González
  • Creator: Ricardo Ayluardo
  • Date: 1890
  • Location: Matilde Calderón y González era mãe de Frida Kahlo. Aqui, ela aparece com toda a família. Frida escreveu na fotografia para marcar a localização da mãe. Desde criança, Frida se sentia ligada à fotografia. Ela acompanhava o pai, Guillermo Kahlo (um conhecido fotógrafo de origens alemãs e herança húngara), e o ajudava dentro da câmara escura, retocando as placas fotográficas. Este valioso arquivo, que contém mais de cinco mil imagens que permaneceram adormecidas por muitos anos ao lado de ilustrações, histórias, vestimentas e remédios, é produto da perseverança de Frida, que produzia e amava essas obras. O arquivo reflete claramente os principais interesses da artista ao longo de sua vida turbulenta: a família, o amor por Diego e os outros amores dela, o corpo debilitado, a arte, a política e a ciência, tudo isso combinado com a grande paixão que ela tinha pelo México e por todas as coisas vindas de lá. Frida amava retratos antigos de família, tanto do lado materno quanto do lado paterno, e, é claro, amava os retratos que Don Guillermo tirava dela, da mãe dela, das irmãs e dos amigos próximos. Autorretratos, tirados desde cedo e ao longo da vida pelo pai de Frida, são destaque neste grupo.
  • provenance source: Museo Frida Kahlo
  • provenance extent: complete
  • provenance: Part of the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera archives, called Treasures of the Blue House, which were kept in a room for 50 years, since Frida died, and opened in 2004.
  • medium source: Museo Frida Kahlo
  • medium extent: complete
  • description source: Museo Frida Kahlo
  • description extent: complete
  • description: Mamá (Oaxaca) Matilde Calderón 7 años de edad 1890. Matilde Calderón ahora de Kahlo, con cuatro hijas Matita, Adri, Frida y Cristi
  • Type: Photograph
  • External Link: http://www.museofridakahlo.org.mx/FOTOGRAFIASfrida.html
  • Medium: Gelatin-bromide silver on paper

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