Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, 1940
Frida Kahlo, 1911
Frida Kahlo, 1929
The same year that Frida Kahlo controversially married Mexican painter Diego Rivera despite the disapproval of her mother, the painter posed for photographer Guillermo Davila. The couple went onto have a very turbulent marriage with numerous extramarital affairs.
Frida Kahlo and Chavela Vargas, 1945
Frida Kahlo shares a laugh with Mexican singer Chavela Vargas in this candid photo by Nickolas Muray in 1945. There was much speculation surrounding the artists' relationship, as they were rumored to have had a lesbian affair-
Frida Kahlo, circa 1937
After her accident which left her completely immobilized, Frida Kahlo occupied her time with painting. Her mother Matilde Calderon y Gonzalez had a special easel made so the artist could paint from the comfort of her bed. Here, Kahlo can be seen focusing on a portrait, circa 1937.
Frida Kahlo, 1939
Since she could not be a mother, Frida Kahlo lavished the attention on her pets, including dogs, cats, monkeys and birds. Here, legendary Hungarian photographer Nickolas Muray captured this tender moment between the artist and her beloved pet deer in 1939.
Frida Kahlo, 1943
Frida Kahlo and her beloved monkey Caimito de Guayabal pose for a photograph together for famed photographer Fritz Henle in 1943. The Mexican artist frequently featured her pet monkey, which in Mexican mythology is a symbol of lust, in her paintings, including her iconic piece "Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird."
Frida Kahlo, circa 1944
Frida Kahlo, 1946
Frida Kahlo, 1950
Frida Kahlo and Dr. Farill , 1951
What was her last signed self-portrait before her death, Frida painted herself with her surgeon Doctor Juan Farill in 1951 (pictured here alongside the portrait). Dr. Farill performed 7 surgeries on Frida's spine in the year of 1951 before she recovered and was able to paint again. In Frida's painting, she can be seen holding a heart-shaped palette in one hand --it is implied she is using her own blood from her heart to paint.
Frida Kahlo, 1943
In her element, Frida Kahlo can be seen admiring her work on an easel while at home in her native Coyoacan, Mexico City in 1943. The self-taught artist rejected her work as surrealist as it was often labelled, instead said most of her work is based on reality than her dreams.
Frida Kahlo, 1940
Photographer Bernard Silberstein captured this intimate photo of Frida Kahlo in her bedroom in Coyoacan, Mexico while clutching onto her beloved monkey in 1940.
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera with Fulang Chang, 1937
In this intimate photo, Frida and her husband Diego Rivera can be seen relaxing at home with their pet monkey Fulang Chang in 1937. While the couple broke off their turbulent marriage just two years after this photo was taken, the pair remarried in December 1940