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Tragic Genius: Quotes from Frida Kahlo

Updated on March 11, 2013

My painting carries with it the message of pain.

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best

I think that little by little I'll be able to solve my problems and survive.

I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.

They are so damn 'intellectual' and rotten that I can't stand them anymore....I [would] rather sit on the floor in the market of Toluca and sell tortillas, than have anything to do with those 'artistic' bitches of Paris.

I drank to drown my pain, but the damned pain learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good behavior.

I hope the leaving is joyful; and I hope never to return.

People in general are scared to death of the war and all the exhibition have been a failure, because the rich - don't want to buy anything.

I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy as long as I can paint.

Feet, why do I need them if I have wings to fly?

I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.

I love you more than my own skin.

I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.

There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.

Frida Kahlo   Mexican painter (1907 - 1954)
Frida Kahlo Mexican painter (1907 - 1954)


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    St.James 8 years ago from Lurking Around Florida

    She was also a strong woman. Thank you for your insight.

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    jjrubio 8 years ago

    She was very eccentric as well as voyeuristic! to say the least. But I can understand her. I often draw pictures of myself. That is mainly all I draw. I am not self absorbed as you may think. I think that she would paint herself because she saw the flaws she had and yet she still candidly portrayed herself to the world. I think deep down she was NOT HAPPY with herself.

    I draw myself because I want to be better than I actually am...BUT AS PICASSO SAID: " Art is a lie that makes us realize truth"......

    Maybe Frida realized her own truth!