Happy birthday, Frida Kahlo! Here are some quotes from the artist.
“I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.”
“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”
“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.”
“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”
“I drank because I wanted to drown my sorrows, but now the damned things have learned to swim.”
“A little while ago, not much more than a few days ago, I was a child who went about in a world of colors, of hard and tangible forms. Everything was mysterious and something was hidden, guessing what it was was a game for me.
If you knew how terrible it is to know suddenly, as if a bolt of lightning elucidated the earth. Now I live in a painful planet, transparent as ice, but it is as if I had learned everything at once in seconds. My friends, my companions became women slowly, I became old in instants and everything today is bland and lucid. I know that nothing lies behind. If there was something, I would see it…”
“I hope the exit is joyful and I hope never to return.”