Monday, February 20, 2012

My love affair with old houses...Casa Azul

This is a photo of Frida Kahlo's house in Mexico City, Casa Azul.  
It is at Casa Azul where artist Frida Kahlo took her first breath and her last breath.  The house is now a museum but even in her day it was filled with folk art of the native Mexican cultures.  The house was built by Frida's father in 1904.  Frida was born in 1907 in Casa Azul and died in there in 1954.  Frida had a life of pain and suffering which is reflected in her paintings.  I love her self-portraits.  I love the creative tropical and ethnic qualities along with the intense expression she put into these paintings.
Her on and off again husband, Diego Rivera was very involved in bringing the native culture back to Mexico.  Frida was deeply interested in pre-Spanish Latin American cultures as well.  She dressed in native dresses and jewelry.  Her hair was done in styles that enhanced this look.  In the end she created a beautiful image or brand as a female artist that remains unique even today.   
It's shame for me, personally.  Once long ago I visited Mexico City but at that time I had never heard of Frida Kahlo.  I wish I could have seen Casa Azul.