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Frida Kahlo biography: How is she remembered?

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(Read caption) Frida Kahlo biography attracts new interest on her 103rd birthday.

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Frida Kahlo, surrealist painter and one of Mexico's best-known celebrities, would have turned 103 today.

What better way to celebrate Kahlo's life than on the Web, where her work and biography are only a few clicks away?

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Google kicked off her online birthday party with one of its specialty logos. As with most of the painter's work, this Google Doodle depicts Kahlo amid a fantastical setting. Lush vines snake through the scene, twisting around the company banner.

Kahlo specialized in such mixtures of self-portraits and surrealist symbolism. She "intuitively anticipated the age of the celebrity artist by consciously turning herself into a work of art and her public appearances into near performances," according to a Monitor retrospective from 2008. "Behind Kahlo's carefully cultivated, sometimes outrageous, public facade was a person for whom art was a lifeline, a way of actuating emotional and physical self-preservation during a sometimes bleak existence with frequent health challenges resulting from an accident in her youth."

If you're unfamiliar with her work, check out the video below, which runs through many of her most famous paintings – with a digital flourish.


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