Before the accident that changed her life, this is how Frida remembered the situation.
On 17 September 1925 Frida was riding a bus to Coyoacán, accompanied by her boyfriend Alejandro Gómez Arias. They were returning home from school.
Frida never dared to depict the accident directly in a work, though she did make some drawings and this painting entitled The Bus, which shows a group of passengers riding the same means of transport.
The painting shows a barefoot indigenous woman...
...a middle-class gentleman...
...and a young woman who might well be Frida herself.
A child is looking out the window on a landscape full of calm.
A shop named La Risa (The Laughter) stands out. This detail is characteristic of Frida Kahlo’s black humor, who in this way represented the moment just before the accident.
The Bus by Frida KahloMuseo Dolores Olmedo