7th grade research project

Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907 and died on July 13, 1954. She was born in Coyoacan, Mexico, and died in the same place. At the age of 6, she contracted polio and the polio crippled her right foot. She died of a blood clot in the lung. During 1953, her right leg had to be amputated below the knee due to her right foot being crippled from polio. The medium of art that she does is painting. She became an artist because one day, she was riding a bus and the bus hit a tram. This accident confined her to a bed for several months. It was in this period of time that she started to pick up a paintbrush and start painting. She started with self portraits, then moved on to portraits of her family members, and finally, she started doing still lifes. One artwork I thought was especially interesting is “Viva la Vida”. This painting was her last painting before she died in 1954. It is a still life painting or a few cut up watermelons with the one on the front having a message or signature in it. It reads: “Viva la Vida, Frida Kahlo, Coyoacan,1954 Mexico. The artwork was completed about eight days before her death. It looks like just a normal still life at first, but the meaning of the watermelons has to do with El Dia de los Muertos, or day of The dead in Mexico. The holiday often depicts the dead eating watermelons.

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