Matilde, Adriana, Frida and Cristina Kahlo

Guillermo Kahlo1916

Museo Frida Kahlo

Museo Frida Kahlo
Mexico, Mexico

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.


  • Title: Matilde, Adriana, Frida and Cristina Kahlo
  • Creator Lifespan: October 26, 1871 - April 14, 1941
  • Creator Nationality: German
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Creator Birth Place: Baden, Germany
  • Date: 1916
  • 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.
  • photographer: Guillermo Kahlo
  • medium source: Museo Frida Kahlo
  • medium extent: complete
  • description source: Museo Frida Kahlo
  • description extent: complete
  • description: (Back) Edad Fridy 10 años
  • Type: Photograph
  • External Link: http://www.museofridakahlo.org.mx/FOTOGRAFIASfrida.html
  • Medium: Gelatin-bromide silver on paper

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