There are a million reasons to love the late Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo. Her vision, her talent, her zest for life, her determination, her style, the complexity of her relationship with Diego Rivera…. her eyebrows. Oh, and since she was so well known for her self-portraits, it sort of makes her the first selfie queen.
In honor of her birthday, here are 10 quotes, along with different paintings of hers, that perfectly capture her badassery and prove her legacy is timeless.
“I am my own muse. The subject I know best.”
“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”
“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”
“I paint flowers so that they do not die.”
“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.”
“I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.”
” I was born a witch. I was born a painter.”
“I love you more than my own skin.”
“I want to be inside your darkest everything.”