Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up.

A review of my trip to London to see the Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up Exhibition. At the V & A 

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up.

V & A 

We went to London on 19th October 2018 on the train and took the Uber to the V & A ( Victoria and Albert Museum). 

I enjoyed seeing her paintings my favourites were “The two Fridas” and “self portrait with necklace”. I loved seeing the clothes she wore. Her clothes were very colourful, they were nicely displayed at the exhibition too. We got to see her prosthetic leg and lace-up boot that belonged to her. Frida Kahlo loved to wear her hair in braids which she arranged in unique styles and would decorate her hair with flowers. 

‘I am my own muse I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better’. Frida Kahlo. 

What I learnt.

She had Polio when she was 6 years old so she had a prosthetic leg. 

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist who painted portraits of herself. She was born on the 6th July 1907 and died on the 13th July 1954 ( aged 47) 

In September 1925 Frida Kahlo (age 18) was in a Mexican bus that collided with a trolley car. She suffered lots of injuries, she had a broken spinal column. She spent a lot of time in bed which is when she started painting portraits of herself. 

Header Image Credit: This is a postcard of Frida Kahlo that I got from the Exhibition.


Molly Drinkwater

Molly Drinkwater

I’m a homeschooled girl. Who’s currently working towards my Silver Arts Award. Loves playing flute, photography and sewing!

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  • Bee Snellen

    On 26 November 2018, 15:08 Bee Snellen Voice Team commented:

    Frida Kahlo is a very interesting artist. When you looked at her art, what did it make you feel? Are they uplifting or do you think they reflect her tumultuous life? Can you tell where she got her inspiration from, such as other artists, political movements, her surroundings?

  • Molly Drinkwater

    On 26 November 2018, 15:44 Molly Drinkwater commented:

    Frida Kahlo is very interesting. I think her paintings are a bit weird, I don’t find them uplifting. I think they reflect on her tumultuous life. The quote I used encompasses her inspiration, it was herself. She was influenced by indigenous Mexican culture, which is apparent in her use of bright colours. She frequently included the symbolic monkey. In Mexican mythology, monkeys are symbols of lust, yet Frida Kahlo portrayed them as protective symbols.

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