How Frida Kahlo's Miscarriage Put Her On The Path To Becoming An Iconic Artist

March 13, 2015 12:17 PM

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How Frida Kahlo's Miscarriage Put Her On The Path To Becoming An Iconic Artist

Before Frida Kahlo reached her 25th birthday, the Mexican artist had contracted polio, survived a horrific bus accident and endured a traumatic miscarriage. However, the loss of her baby -- compounded by the alienation she was experiencing while living in Detroit -- shaped her artistic vision and propelled her career forward, as shown in a new exhibition put on by the museum that brought her to the city 80 years ago.

“Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit" opens Sunday at the Detroit Institute of Arts. It looks at the time the couple spent in Detroit in 1932 as Rivera -- by then an acclaimed artist -- painted the “Detroit Industry” murals commissioned for the museum.

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