There are many things, people, and organizations that can bring out inspiration. Sometimes an inspirational person ban bring more attention to a cause or vice versa. Sometimes a story can be inspirational. A person that achieves success despite a disability, can inspire people to achieve.
Frida Kahlo is an artist known mostly for her self-portrait paintings. She is known for surrealism and magic realism. She has work in galleries and had exhibitions in galleries around the world. Frida was born in 1907 in Coyoacan, Mexico City, Mexico. Health issues and accidents occurred throughout her life.
When Frida was six years old she had polio, which caused her right leg to be shorter and thinner than the left one. She became close to her father who taught her artistry and encouraged sports. She attended a National Preparatory School in 1922. In 1925, she began to work while going to school and one job was an apprentice to a known printmaker. Also that year, she was in an accident that caused lifelong back/spine problems. She had begun to paint while bedridden recovering from that accident.
Once out of bed, she met Diego Rivera for the second time in 1928 at a party. He was already a successful artist. They later married in 1929. They had an affair ridden marriage, but were supportive of each other’s work. Health issues, including miscarriages, continued for Frida. Diego and Frida divorced in 1939, however remarried in late 1940.
In 1943, Frida accepted a position teaching art. She continued to try to make a living with her art. Her work began to be more sought after in the late 1940s. Health issues and surgeries led to her using a wheelchair and crutches in 1950. She became, once again, to be involved in political causes. Gangrene caused her right leg to be amputated at the knee in 1953.
Frida continued to work, even with health issues, however died in 1954. There was no autopsy and the official cause of death was documented as a pulmonary embolism, although it may have been an overdose as she struggled with mental health issues and had pain pill/alcohol issues.
Diego Rivera and many others mourned her passing. Frida Kahlo’s work has become more acclaimed and celebrated since her death. Biographies have been written about her.
Polio affected the life of an inspirational family member in my life as well. My maternal grandfather had polio, was in an “iron lung”, and survived with a smaller leg as well. Despite this he ran a farm, raised six children, and was a pillar of strength and love. I even remember “tricks” he could do with his smaller leg, including putting his foot behind his head and hopping on his other foot.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!