Frame Inside | Frida Kahlo and her father Don Guillermo Kahlo, 1951

Frida Kahlo, Portrait of Don Guillermo Kahlo, 1951                                      Frida painting her father Guillermo Kahlo

Frida painted “Portrait of Don Guillermo Kahlo” eleven years after his death, and only two years before her own; aware suddenly of the need for a final testament to the man who had meant so much to her. The inscribed scroll below the painting reads: "I painted my father, Wilhelm Kahlo of Hungarian-German originartist-photographer by profession, in character generous, intelligent and fine, valiant because he suffered for sixty years with epilepsy, but he never stopped working and he fought against Hitler.  Adoringly, his daughter Frida Kahlo."


Frida's father, a professional photographer by trade, was also an amateur painter. It was he who first sparked Frida's interest in art. Frida would often accompany her father on his painting excursions into the nearby countryside. He also taught her how to use the camera and how to retouch and color photographs. While Frida was recovering from the bus accident, her father gave Frida his box of paints and brushes and encouraged her to paint.

         Guillermo Kahlo, Frida at Age 16                                                 Guillermo Kahlo               
 Frida’s biographer Hayden Herrera writes that Frida “…acknowledged the influence of her father’s professional work on her own only by saying that her paintings were like the photos her father took for calendar illustrations, only instead of painting outer reality she painted the calendars that were inside her head.”


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