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Inspired by Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo is one of the most celebrated artists in modern art.

Known for her evocative self portraits and scenes rooted in her Mexican heritage, Frida’s work was inspired by “whatever passes through [her] head without any other consideration.” The deeply personal paintings are full of symbolism and motifs that lend themselves to contemplation and interpretation from the viewer. But their multifaceted meanings, along with her use of color, have made them an enduring part of the art history canon.

Learn the stories and symbolism behind five of Frida’s most well-known paintings.

In addition to her beguiling artworks, Frida’s sense of style has made her an icon. You’ll see her—pictured in colorful dresses and floral headpieces—as frequently as you will her paintings.

Know someone that loves art? Check out our selection Frida Kahlo gifts and items inspired by her creative legacy.

Learn more about Frida Kahlo with this vinyl action figure by Today is Art Day.

This best-selling figurine has the defining features of the pioneering artist. Fans of Frida will understand them right away—think detachable surrealist heart and a monkey on her back. She comes packaged in a box that illuminates her life with 10 facts.

Sip some of Frida’s symbolism when you drink from this mug by Unemployed Philosophers Guild.

The colorful cup features her portrait as well as elements from her life and the subjects from her paintings. Nestled among the imagery is a quote from Kahlo that appears in both English (I never painted my dreams, I only painted my own reality) and Spanish (Nunca pinté mis sueños, sólo pinté mi propia realidad).

 

 

Frida faced much adversity in her life, from a nearly fatal accident she survived as a teenager to a traumatic divorce from fellow artist Diego Rivera.

Despite these challenges, she found art as a powerful way to express herself. In doing this, she undoubtedly inspires others to use art a therapeutic means of sharing their inner world.

Begin painting with two of these paint sets.

For watercolor painting, try Viviva Colorsheets.

This revolutionary set features 16 hues in a palette that will fit in your pocket. It’s easy to transport for painting on the go—after all, inspiration can strike anywhere!

Gouache pigment is another water-based paint that's just as fun as watercolors. 

Unlike watercolor, however, it is opaque which makes it great for layering. Caran d'Ache is known for their high-quality products, and this palette doesn’t disappoint.

Giving these Frida gifts as a present? Don’t forget a note—gift notes are complimentary at checkout.