Artists' Gardens - Frida Kahlo - Perspectives No. 439
“I paint flowers so they will not die.”
Frida Kahlo’s short life (1907 - 1954) was filled with color. Casa Azul, her home from childhood, remains a legacy to her love of flowers and brilliant color. Today, sixty-seven years after her death, the gardens and home are a museum open to the public. (Be sure to check the Casa Azul website for Covid-19 restrictions.) The garden is maintained as closely as possible to the inspiration that first created it, with plants that were used in Kahlo’s art and in her life, some still flourishing from when she lived there.
Nature provided a refuge. Kahlo had suffered from polio as a child, resulting in one leg less developed and twisted outwards. At age 18, the bus she was riding in was hit by a streetcar in a horrific accident that left her with catastrophic injuries that would require surgeries for the rest of her life. She lived in chronic pain. Her father, a photographer, provided her with a paintbox and brushes and her mother hired a carpenter to create an easel that could be used from bed.
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