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Frida Kahlo

  • Surrealism is the magical surprise of finding a lion in a wardrobe, where you were 'sure' of finding shirts.

    • Frida Kahlo,
    • in Hayden Herrera, Frida ()
  • I paint my own reality.

    • Frida Kahlo,
    • in Hayden Herrera, Frida ()
  • [On her husband Diego Rivera:] I suffered two grave accidents in my life. One in which a steetcar knocked me down. ... The other accident is Diego.

    • Frida Kahlo,
    • in Hayden Herrera, Frida ()
  • ... I love you more than my own skin ...

    • Frida Kahlo,
    • letter to Diego Rivera (1935), in Hayden Herrera, Frida ()
  • 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!

    • Frida Kahlo,
    • 1938, in Martha Zamora, ed., The Letters of Frida Kahlo: Cartas Apasionadas ()
  • ... I have never expected anything from my work but the satisfaction I could get from it by the very fact of painting and saying what I couldn't say otherwise.

    • Frida Kahlo,
    • 1939, in Martha Zamora, ed., The Letters of Frida Kahlo: Cartas Apasionadas ()
  • The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint always whatever passes through my head, without any other consideration.

    • Frida Kahlo,
    • in Hayden Herrera, Frida ()
  • They thought I was Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.

    • Frida Kahlo,
    • in Hayden Herrera, Frida ()
  • ... there is a skeleton (or death) that flees terrified in the face of my will to live.

    • Frida Kahlo,
    • in Hayden Herrera, Frida ()
  • I hope the exit is joyful — and I hope never to come back ...

    • Frida Kahlo,
    • 1954, in Hayden Herrera, Frida ()
  • I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.

    • Frida Kahlo,
    • in Deborah G. Felder, The 100 Most Influential Women of All Time ()
  • I paint flowers so they will not die.

    • Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter

(1907 - 1954)

Full name: Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón de Rivera.