Happy birthday, Frida Kahlo! Here are some quotes from the artist:
“I am a mixture.”
“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 drank because I wanted to drown my sorrows, but now the damned things have learned to swim.
“I’m more and more convinced it’s only through communism that we can become human.”
“Until always and forever. Now in 1944. After all the hours lived through. The vectors continue in their original direction. Nothing stops them. With no more knowledge than live emotion. With no other wish than to go on until they meet. Slowly. With great unease, but with the certainty that all is guided by the ‘golden section.’ There is cellular arrangement. There is movement. There is light. All centers are the same. Folly doesn’t exist. We are the same as we were and as we will be. Not counting on idiotic destiny.”
“I hope the exit is joyful and I hope never to return.”