What was Frida Kahlo's life like?

Learn about Frida's life in the Blue House in 360 degrees

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The land in Coyoacán where the Frida Kahlo Museum now stands was bought by her father, Guillermo Kahlo. The house dates from 1904 and was built in a style typical of the period, with rooms surrounding a central courtyard.

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The study was added by Juan O'Gorman later, in 1946, and was in keeping with his functionalist style of architecture. As well as being Frida's creative space, Diego used the studio to store some of his pre-Hispanic art.

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The dining room, with its selection of handicrafts from all over the country, reflects Frida and Diego's love of Mexico. It includes pottery from Puebla, Jalisco, and Michoacán.

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This section of the courtyard was also designed by Juan O'Gorman. Diego asked him to use volcanic rock, which he had used in the construction of the Anahuacalli Museum. Snail shells and plant pots were also used for decoration.

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Diego and Frida filled the courtyard of the Blue House with plants and flowers native to Mexico. Nature was extremely important to Frida: beyond merely being part of the decor, plants were her inspiration.

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Frida's ashes are still in her bedroom, in a clay urn on the dresser.

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