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The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo
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1920 World and U.S. Events

Warren G. Harding is elected U.S. president. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is founded. Prohibition begins and passage of the Nineteenth Amendment gives women the right to vote.

Art Movements

Post Impressionism (1880-1920); Modernism (1890-1940); Expressionism (1905-1925); Futurism (1909-1944); Bauhaus (1919-1930); Art deco (1920-1930); Surrealism (1920-1930s); Harlem Renaissance (1920-1930s)

1921 World and U.S. Events

The Curb Exchange (the forerunner to the New York Stock Exchange) moves into a building, from its original curbside location. The German autobahn, the first road for automobiles, opens. Agatha Christie begins her literary career.

Art Movements

Modernism (1890-1940); Expressionism (1905-1925); Futurism (1909-1944); Bauhaus (1919-1930); Art deco (1920-1930); Surrealism (1920-1930s); Harlem Renaissance (1920-1930s)

1922 Frida Kahlo

Frida attends the National Preparatory School in Mexico City, with a goal of studying medicine at university. She admires Diego Rivera as he works on a mural at the school.

Mexico

The Mexican muralist movement begins.

World and U.S. Events

The German autobahn, the first road for automobiles, opens. Agatha Christie begins her literary career.

Art Movements

Modernism (1890-1940); Expressionism (1905-1925); Futurism (1909-1944); Bauhaus (1919-1930); Art deco (1920-1930); Surrealism (1920-1930s); Harlem Renaissance (1920-1930s)

1923 World and U.S. Events

Lenin heads the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), formerly Russia. President Harding dies in office. Calvin Coolidge is elected U.S. president.

Art Movements

Modernism (1890-1940); Expressionism (1905-1925); Futurism (1909-1944); Bauhaus (1919-1930); Art deco (1920-1930); Surrealism (1920-1930s); Harlem Renaissance (1920-1930s)

1924 Frida Kahlo

Frida begins dating fellow student Alejandro Gomez Arias.

Mexico

Plutarco Elias Calles takes over the presidency. He becomes the symbol of the anti-Catholic movement.

World and U.S. Events

Lenin dies and Stalin comes to power. The first modern winter Olympics are held in Chamonix, France.

Art Movements

Modernism (1890-1940); Expressionism (1905-1925); Futurism (1909-1944); Bauhaus (1919-1930); Art deco (1920-1930); Surrealism (1920-1930s); Harlem Renaissance (1920-1930s)

1925 Frida Kahlo

On Sept. 17 a severe bus accident leaves Frida with injuries from which she never fully recovers. During her long convalescence Frida begins to paint.

World and U.S. Events

Hitler publishes Mein Kampf. Charles Jeanneret exhibits what's later known as Art Deco. The era of swing and jazz begins.

Art Movements

Modernism (1890-1940); Expressionism (1905-1925); Futurism (1909-1944); Bauhaus (1919-1930); Art deco (1920-1930); Surrealism (1920-1930s); Harlem Renaissance (1920-1930s)

1926 Frida Kahlo

Doctors discover three vertebrae out of place. To keep her spine immobilized, Frida's torso is encased in a corset, the first of many such contraptions she will have to wear during her lifetime.

Works Completed:
The Accident (sketch)
Self-Portrait Wearing a Velvet Dress

Mexico

The Cristero Rebellion, an armed "Catholic" uprising waged from 1926-1929 in response to the anti-Catholic policies of Calles, begins.

World and U.S. Events

Stalin becomes director of the USSR. Mussolini makes Fascism a state party.

Art Movements

Modernism (1890-1940); Futurism (1909-1944); Bauhaus (1919-1930); Art deco (1920-1930); Surrealism (1920-1930s); Harlem Renaissance (1920-1930s)

1927 Frida Kahlo

Frida joins the Communist League. Alejandro moves to Berlin and Frida sends him numerous love letters.

World and U.S. Events

Charles Lindbergh finishes a solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean and lands in Paris. The Jazz Singer, the first successful talking motion picture, opens. Babe Ruth hits his 60th home run and sets a world record.

Art Movements

Modernism (1890-1940); Futurism (1909-1944); Bauhaus (1919-1930); Art deco (1920-1930); Surrealism (1920-1930s); Harlem Renaissance (1920-1930s)

1928 Frida Kahlo

Frida meets Diego again and they begin courting. In his fresco at the Ministry of Education entitled Ballad of the Revolution, Diego portrays Frida distributing weapons for the revolutionary struggle.

Works Completed:
Portrait of My Sister Cristina

World and U.S. Events

The Kellogg-Briand Pact, signed by 62 nations, condemns "recourse to war for the solution of international controversies." Stalin implements the first five-year-plan, forcing farmers and industries to modernize. Herbert Hoover is elected U.S. president.

Art Movements

Modernism (1890-1940); Futurism (1909-1944); Bauhaus (1919-1930); Art deco (1920-1930); Surrealism (1920-1930s); Harlem Renaissance (1920-1930s)

1929 Frida Kahlo

Frida and Diego marry on Aug. 21. Diego is kicked out of the Communist Party and the couple moves to Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Works Completed:
Self-Portrait
The Bus
Two Women
Time Flies

Mexico

Plutarco Elias Calles founds the National Revolutionary Party, Mexico's major political party from 1929 to 1938. The National Revolutionary Party becomes the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) in 1938, and is the ruling party for the next seven decades.

World and U.S. Events

The U.S. stock market crashes. Stalin expels Trotsky from Russia. The Museum of Art opens with an exhibition by impressionists Van Gogh and Cezanne. Virginia Woolf publishes A Room of One's Own in defense of women's rights.

Art Movements

Modernism (1890-1940); Futurism (1909-1944); Bauhaus (1919-1930); Art deco (1920-1930); Surrealism (1920-1930s); Harlem Renaissance (1920-1930s)

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

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