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1910 Frida Kahlo

To show her strong support for the Mexican Revolution, Frida later claims this as the year of her birth.

Mexico

Angered by the dictatorial Díaz regime and economic inequality, insurgents instigate a guerilla war and the Mexican Revolution begins. Cruz Roja, the Mexican Red Cross, is founded.

World and U.S. Events

Edward VII of Great Britain dies and George V is crowned king. San Francisco Bay opens Angel Island as a quarantine and point of entry for Asian immigrants. Leo Tolstoy, author of War and Peace, dies.

Art Movements

Post Impressionism (1880-1920); Ashcan School (1890-1918); Modernism (1890-1940); Expressionism (1905-1925); Cubism (1908-1914); Futurism (1909-1944)

1911 Mexico

President Porfirio Díaz dissolves his government due to a successful revolt led by Francisco Madero, who then becomes president. Emiliano Zapata leads a peasant uprising.

World and U.S. Events

The Triangle Factory Fire in New York City claims the lives of 146 young immigrant garment workers. A commission is formed to investigate conditions in sweatshops and the labor movement is born. Irving Berlin's Alexander Ragtime Band makes ragtime popular.

Art Movements

Post Impressionism (1880-1920); Ashcan School (1890-1918); Modernism (1890-1940); Expressionism (1905-1925); Cubism (1908-1914); Futurism (1909-1944)

1912 World and U.S. Events

The Russian Communist Party publication Pravda (Truth) is published. Woodrow Wilson is elected U.S. president. Congress sets an eight-hour workday. The Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic.

Art Movements

Post Impressionism (1880-1920); Ashcan School (1890-1918); Modernism (1890-1940); Expressionism (1905-1925); Cubism (1908-1914); Futurism (1909-1944)

1913 Mexico

Francisco Madero is killed in a coup, and Victoriano Huerta proclaims himself president. Pancho Villa leads raids in northern Mexico.

World and U.S. Events

The U.S. Department of Labor is founded. Coco Chanel opens her first boutique in France. Igor Stravinsky's "Rites of Spring" causes audiences to riot in Paris. The Armory Show introduces Cubism to shocked viewers.

Art Movements

Post Impressionism (1880-1920); Ashcan School (1890-1918); Modernism (1890-1940); Expressionism (1905-1925); Cubism (1908-1914); Futurism (1909-1944)

1914 Frida Kahlo

Frida contracts polio. Her father encourages his daughter to become active in various sports to regain her strength. She recovers, but her right foot remains weakened from the disease.

World and U.S. Events

WWI begins after the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. Mahatma Gandhi begins a nonviolent campaign against British rule in India. The Panama Canal opens.

Art Movements

Post Impressionism (1880-1920); Ashcan School (1890-1918); Modernism (1890-1940); Expressionism (1905-1925); Cubism (1908-1914); Futurism (1909-1944)

1915 World and U.S. Events

The S.S. Lusitania is torpedoed by German U-boat's and sinks, killing approximately 1,200 passengers. Kafka's The Metamorphosis is published. Activist Margaret Sanger introduces the term "birth control."

Art Movements

Post Impressionism (1880-1920); Ashcan School (1890-1918); Modernism (1890-1940); Expressionism (1905-1925); Futurism (1909-1944)

1916 Mexico

Gen. Poncho Villa's forces attack the town of Columbus, N.M. in retaliation for American involvement in Mexico. Gen. John J. Pershing leads nearly 10,000 American soldiers into Mexico to chase down the "rebel general." Villa outwits the American army and evades capture.

World and U.S. Events

Woodrow Wilson is reelected as U.S. president. The Battle of Verdun is fought, killing 700,000 French and German soldiers. In Ireland, the Irish Republicans and British clash, in what will be called the Easter Sunday Massacre. Margaret Sanger is jailed for opening the first birth-control clinic in the United States.

Art Movements

Post Impressionism (1880-1920); Ashcan School (1890-1918); Modernism (1890-1940); Expressionism (1905-1925); Futurism (1909-1944)

1917 Mexico

Venustiano Carranza, one of the leaders of the revolution, becomes president. Under his administration Mexico's constitution is drafted.

World and U.S. Events

Vladimir Lenin returns to Russia and leads the Bolshevik Revolution. The United States declares war on Germany. The Jones Act makes Puerto Rico a U.S. territory. Europeans experience food shortages.

Art Movements

Post Impressionism (1880-1920); Ashcan School (1890-1918); Modernism (1890-1940); Expressionism (1905-1925); Futurism (1909-1944)

1918 World and U.S. Events

The Russian government signs the Brest-Litovsk Treaty, pulling Russia out of WWI. The Romanov family is executed. Kaiser Wilhelm abdicates. WWI ends.

Art Movements

Post Impressionism (1880-1920); Ashcan School (1890-1918); Modernism (1890-1940); Expressionism (1905-1925); Futurism (1909-1944)

1919 World and U.S. Events

The Treaty of Versailles is signed. Russian immigrants and anarchists, Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman are found guilty of espionage and deported to the Soviet.

Art Movements

Post Impressionism (1880-1920); Modernism (1890-1940); Expressionism (1905-1925); Futurism (1909-1944); Bauhaus (1919-1930)

For more information on the Art Movements listed in the timeline, visit the Glossary in our Educational Guides section.

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