DAILY FUEL: Frida Kahlo Turns Adversity Into Creative Power

On this day in 1926, then eighteen year-old Mexican artist FRIDA KAHLO was severely injured in a bus accident. During the three-month period of confinement necessary for her rehabilitation, Kahlo began painting in earnest, using a specially fabricated easel provided by her mother. Kahlo later stated that this period of convalescence allowed her to “begin again, painting things just as [she] saw them with [her] own eyes and nothing more”. Kahlo’s work and life have grown to near cult-status since her death in 1954, and her paintings belong to both the surrealist and magical-realist movements.

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