Her passion, her devotion. Her vulnerability, her drive. Her vision, her fire. Her flower crowns, her unibrow eyebrows. There are infinite reasons to love Mexican surrealist painter and ultimate source of life inspiration Frida Kahlo.
Frida Kahlo is remembered for her self-portraits, pain and passion. She suffered from polio as a child then nearly died in a horrific bus accident as a teenager. Her body was mangled in the accident, causing multiple fractures of her spine, collarbone and ribs, a shattered pelvis, broken foot and dislocated shoulder. She began to focus heavily on painting while recovering in a body cast. In her lifetime, she had 30 operations.
This card is a blend of iconography taken from her paintings. The blue background refers to the cobalt color of her home, Casa Azul, in the Colonia del Carmen neighborhood of Coyoacán in Mexico City.
The front cover features Frida depicted in the style of the Mexican art of papel picado based upon a photograph that originally appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine in France.
Open the card to a lush scene based upon Frida’s 1939 painting “The Two Fridas,” a representation of Frida’s happy and sad life. This painting was completed shortly after her turbulent marriage and divorce from Diego Rivera and shows Frida’s two different personalities. One Frida wears a traditional costume from the Tehuana region of Mexico, representing the Frida that Diego loved. The other Frida wears a white European dress as the woman who Diego betrayed and rejected. The surrounding vegetation, thorny necklace of bougainvillea, monkey and cat are taken from her painting “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird” painted in 1940.
The circular decoration on the left features symbols that Frida painted for the pain she endured all her life stemming from the bus accident in 1922. The nails are featured in her 1944 painting “The Broken Column” that features a cracked column representing her broken spine. In 1946 Frida portrayed herself as a hunted deer in her painting “The Wounded Deer.”
Frida loved flowers and collecting Pre-Colombian artifacts and jewelry. The flowers, artifacts and jewelry are represented in the decoration on the circle on the right.
This is a card for an art lover, an artist, historian, survivor, feminist, for a young woman, for every woman, for men who respect women, for courage, for her birthday, for celebration, marriage, divorce, renewal, passion.
Frida Kahlo Quotes:
I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.
I want to be inside your darkest everything.
Feet, what do I need you for, when I have wings to fly?
My painting carries with it the message of pain.
I paint flowers so that they do not die.
I love you more than my own skin.
I don’t paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.
I was born a bitch. I was born a painter.