Reviews Art

Frida Kahlo

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7511.297 (Published 28 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:297
  1. Carmen Pinto, child and adolescent psychiatrist (drcarmenpinto@gmail.com)
  1. London

    An exhibition at Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1, until 9 October www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/kahlo/

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    The Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-54) is well known through her self portraits, which defiantly integrate the personal and the political. In recent years she has become an iconic figure, a “film star,” a tourist attraction.


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    Henry Ford Hospital or The Flying Bed, 1932

    Credit: MUSEO DOLORES OLMEDO PATINO MEXICO (MEXICO CITY, MEXICO) © BANCO DE MEXICO AND INBAL, MEXICO, 2004

    Kahlo grew up in a mix of cultures, having a catholic mother of Spanish and Mexican Indian origin and a German father, and during the Mexican Revolution she embraced the national pride in indigenous arts and traditions. Her life is closely related to medicine for a number of reasons. At the age of …

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