During her time at the National Preparatory School Frida belonged to a group of young intellectuals nicknamed Los cachuchas, because of the caps they wore, knitted by José Gómez Robledo, one of the members. This singular group included nine members: Alejandro Gómez Arias, Miguel N. Lira, José Gómez Robledo, Jesús Ríos y Valles, Manuel González Ramírez, Alfonso Villa, Agustín Lira, Carmen Jaime, and Frida Kahlo. Los cachuchas had a reputation for being intelligent but also a little wayward. They met in different places to exchange books—including ones in foreign languages such as English and German—or to discuss politics. They held academic competitions, recited poetry, and performed theatre plays, from which they sometimes made a little money.


  • Title: Self-portrait with red cap
  • Creator: Frida Kahlo
  • Date Created: 1932
  • Location: México
  • Physical Dimensions: 85x71cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Banco de México. Fiduciario en el Fideicomiso relativo a los Museos Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo
  • Medium: Color pencil on paper

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