Frida Kahlo Starts Painting

In 1925, Kahlo suffered the bus crash and turned to art during her recovery.

During this period, Alejandro never returned her letters. After one frustrating year of prolific painting and painful progress, she encountered Diego again when he was working on a mural in Mexico City. Summoning him impetuously from his spot high near the roof, she asked his honest, unflattering opinion of her work. Rivera inspected her canvas and told her, "Keep it up, little girl." Then he asked if she had any more, and Kahlo seized the opportunity to invite him to the Blue House to show off the rest of her work.

During her months of convalescence from the bus accident she begins to take painting seriously. She experiments first with watercolors and then oil.

In September Frida paints "Self-Portrait in a Velvet Dress", her first serious work and the first of many self-portraits to come. She paints it as a gift for her boyfriend, Alejandro Gómez Arias, who has left her suspecting she had been unfaithful prior to the accident. Frida hopes the painting will win him back.

It was during the time after this accident, while bed-ridden, that Frida began to paint. Painting not only passed the time, but became an essential outlet for her emotionally and spiritually.

During her months of convalescence from the bus accident she begins to take painting seriously. She experiments first with watercolors and then oil.

In September Frida paints "Self-Portrait in a Velvet Dress", her first serious work and the first of many self-portraits to come. She paints it as a gift for her boyfriend, Alejandro Gómez Arias, who has left her suspecting she had been unfaithful prior to the accident. Frida hopes the painting will win him back.

Keep it up, little girl”

— Diego Rivera