Women in the the Visual Arts and Literature

Mexican Surrealism: Frida Kahlo

34-cent Frida Kahlo stamp
This 34-cent stamp was issued June 21, 2001 in Phoenix, Arizona. The stamp was designed by Richard Sheaff and features one of Kahlo’s famous self-portraits.

Many international artists have greatly impacted the development of American art. One influential artist is Mexico’s Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is a Mexican artist whose is most famous for her self-portraits. Kahlo was in a devastating bus accident as a teenager, and suffered from her injuries for the rest of her life. The theme of coping with physical suffering is recurrent within her paintings. Other common themes of Kahlo’s work are Mexican patriotism and women. Kahlo’s paintings have proved to be an inspiration to women world wide, and have also greatly influenced American artists.