Artists and Their Pets: 2020-Apr-6

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo lived a turbulent life, underscored by depression, chronic pain from a horrible accident that left her unable to bear children, and a destructive relationship with fellow artist Diego Rivera. To cope, she channeled her passion into painting and mothering her numerous pets.

Frida’s menagerie included an Amazon parrot named Bonito, a fawn called Granizo, an eagle named Gertrudis Caca Blanca, various parakeets, macaws, a spider monkey, and Mexican hairless dogs. Of her 143 paintings, 55 of them are self-portraits featuring her beloved animals.