How Much Do You Know About Frida Kahlo?

By: Teresa McGlothlin
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Frida Kahlo At the age of 6, Frida Kahlo contracted which disease that left one of her legs deformed?
Cancer
Polio
During Kahlo's childhood, there was no polio vaccine, and she contracted it when she was 6 years old. The disease left her right leg shorter and thinner than the other. Her discomfort with it led to her signature look of wearing long, traditional skirts.
Anemia
Arthritis

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Frida Kahlo as a child What art form did Guillermo Kahlo ask Frida to help with as a child?
Mosaic
Painting
Textile weaving
Photography
Frida was born to a Mexican and Spanish mother and a German and Mexican father named Guillermo. After she contracted polio, he kept her close, often taking her on photoshoots and teaching her how to develop film.

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Frida Kahlo sisters In 1922, Kahlo was one of only 35 women admitted into which prestigious school where she joined a gang?
National Preparatory School
At age 15, Frida entered the National Preparatory School in Mexico City. At the height of the Mexican Revolution, it was not uncommon for students to witness violence in the streets and to join gangs for protection. She also met her future husband there.
British American School
Escuela Lomas Altas
Churchill School and College

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Diego Rivera Which famous painter became Kahlo's husband for the first time in 1929?
Salvador Dali
Rufino Tamayo
Diego Rivera
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera met when she was merely a teenager, but they didn't marry until she was 22. At the time, her famous muralist-painting husband was 21 years her senior. They remained married until 1939.
Edward Hopper

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Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo Frida and her husband were sometimes called The Elephant and The ______?
Dahlia
Fairy
Duck
Dove
Kahlo and Rivera's relationship was full of opposite traits. Not only was he over two decades older than her, but he was also considerably larger. The term "The Elephant and The Dove" was frequently used to describe the artistic duo.

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Frida Kahlo Painting 3 What art movement often claims Kahlo's work even though she denied sharing their style?
Art Deco
Surrealism
While there are similarities between Frida Kahlo's work and Surrealist painters like Salvador Dali, she denied having anything to do with it. In fact, she once stated, "They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted my dreams. I painted my reality."
Art Nouveau
Futurism

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Frida Kahlo painting With 55 of them in her portfolio, what type of paintings did Frida become famous for creating?
Vignette
Abstract
Portrait
Self-portrait
During her lifetime, Kahlo painted over 200 paintings. Out of those, 55 of them were self-portraits. In 2006, a self-portrait titled "Roots" broke all of her previous sales records by selling for over $5.1 million.

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Mexican Revolution She sometimes moved her birthday up a few years to coincide with the start of what historical event?
Mexican Revolution
Frida entered the world on July 6, 1907, but she gave another account of her birth. She often moved her birthday up by three years to the start of the Mexican Revolution. Ever proud of her heritage, she felt that it gave her a deeper connection to her roots.
Prohibition
World War I
Construction of the Panama Canal

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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera How many surgeries did Frida have after an accident with a bus at the age of 18?
Three
32
While Frida was traveling on a wooden bus, a streetcar collision caused her to be impaled by a steel rod. During her lifetime, she underwent 32 different surgeries to repair damage to her leg, spine, shoulders and womb.
41
55

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Painting studio What art supply was modified so that she could paint from her hospital bed?
Brushes
Palette
Canvas
Easel
Frida never let being bedridden stop her from practicing art! Her father is said to have modified an easel so that she could paint while recovering from her many surgeries. A mirror was also installed overhead so that she could paint realistic self-portraits.

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Frida Kahlo and Diego Home Video Do you have any idea what Frida Kahlo wanted to be before she became a painter?
A doctor
As a child, her battle with polio gave her an interest in medicine, and she had hoped to pursue becoming a doctor. Despite the tragedy of Frida's accident, she credits it with helping her become a painter.
A photographer
A florist
A politician

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La Casa Azul Now a museum, what's the name of the house where Frida Kahlo spent most of her life?
La Casa Roja
La Casa Verde
La Casa Azul
Frida was a professional world traveler, but she spent the majority of her time in her childhood home, La Casa Azul. After her death, Diego Rivera donated the property and its contents to what is now a preserved museum.
La Casa Rosado

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Henry Ford Festival After being treated there, she painted a self-portrait from which Detroit hospital?
Henry Ford Hospital
Injuries sustained during Kahlo's accident left her unable to have children, and she suffered several heartbreaking miscarriages. While traveling with Diego, she was treated for one of them. There, she painted her feelings out in a piece named "Henry Ford Hospital."
Sinai Grace Hospital
Ascension St. John Hospital
Harper Hospital

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Casa Azul entrance Do you know how Frida Kahlo arrived at her first solo art exhibition in 1953?
In a limo
On a parade float
In an ambulance
In Frida's time, female painters were not as readily celebrated men. But she broke the mold when she began to become famous after artists like Picasso. Not being one to admit defeat, she didn't let a hospital stay stop her from attending her first art opening. She took an ambulance there instead!
By helicopter

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Josephine Baker Which famous jazz singer is Kahlo rumored to have had an affair with?
Josephine Baker
Frida and Diego's relationship was full of drama and infidelity. In addition to an affair with Communist leader Leon Trotsky, Frida had a well-publicized tryst with singer Josephine Baker. Diego wasn't innocent, either. Just ask Frida's sister!
Artie Shaw
Billie Holiday
Louis Armstrong

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Frida Kahlo painting 2 Frida immortalized her pets Fulang Chang and Caimito de Guayabal in which of her paintings?
"The Wounded Deer"
"Me and My Parrots"
"Two Nudes in a Forest"
"Self Portrait with Monkeys"
Many artists are fond of their pets, but Frida took it to the next level. In addition to her pet monkeys, she had parrots, a fawn, chickens, parakeets, hairless dogs and an eagle named Gertrudis Caca Blanca.

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Frida Kahlo family painting She once changed her name to be the same as her sister's. What was it?
Crystal
Cristina
Known for their tumultuous love life, Frida and Diego both participated in extra-marital affairs. In an attempt to recapture Diego's attention after his affair with her sister Cristina, Frida insisted upon being called by the same name.
Carla
Carolina

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Frida Kahlo - The Broken Column Can you figure out which of Frida's paintings illustrates her spinal injuries?
"My Birth"
"The Two Fridas"
"The Wounded Table"
"The Broken Column"
To alleviate some of Frida's excruciating pain, doctors completed spinal surgeries that involved installing steel rods. She was known to decorate the plaster casts she wore as part of her recovery. Some of them can be viewed at her La Casa Azul museum.

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Frida Kahlo Is it true or false that Frida was once arrested and held for murder?
True
When Frida's former lover and Mexican Communist party leader Leon Trotsky was found murdered, both Frida and her sister were arrested. Thankfully, there were quickly released after being held for questioning.
False

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Frida Kahlo Frida claims to have had two accidents in her life. Which did she consider the worst?
Diego
Frida never held back her feelings about her relationship! She once journaled, "There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and one was Diego. Diego was by far the worst."
The bus accident

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Frida Kahlo communist Before marrying Diego Rivera, what political party did Frida Kahlo join?
National Action Party
Institutional Revolutionary Party
Party of the Democratic Revolution
Mexican Communist Party
Throughout Kahlo's life, she was a staunch political activist. In 1928, she joined the Mexican Communist Party, and she supported it until shortly before her passing. She attended a rally only days before her death.

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San Francisco Any idea which American city honored the artist with a street named Frida Kahlo Way?
New York
San Francisco
During the 1930s, Frida and Diego spent considerable amounts of time in the United States. Ever the activist, Frida shook things up when she helped to form a group that fought a politician's racist jabs at the Asian population. In 2016, the city of San Francisco paid tribute to her actions.
Boston
Dallas

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The Louvre A painting titled "The Frame" was purchased by which famous art gallery in 1939?
MoMa
Louvre
Frida's Paris exhibition may not have met with critical acclaim, but someone from the Louvre was quite impressed. In 1938, her self-portrait "The Frame" was purchased by the gallery. She is the first Mexican painter to join the museum's famous collection.
The Met
Tate Modern

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Frida Kahlo statue While traveling through the U.S., Frida practiced her English skills. How many languages did she speak?
One
Five
Three
There's seemingly no end to Frida Kahlo's intelligence! Including German, English and Spanish, Frida was fluent in three languages. Given the time she spent in France, she would probably hold her own there, too.
Two

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"The Suicide of Dorothy Hale" Which of Kahlo's controversial paintings was hidden from 1939 to 1960?
"The Suicide of Dorothy Hale"
When a Broadway writer commissioned Frida to paint a tribute to one of her deceased friends, she was in for quite a shock. Forever pushing boundaries, Frida painted her suicide rather than the loving memorial piece the author was hoping to see.
"Girl With a Death Mask"
"Wounded Deer"
"Thinking About Death"

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Frida Kahlo What surgical complication caused Kahlo to have one of her feet amputated?
Gangrene
One of the last surgeries Frida had in 1953 left her with a serious infection. Unable to save her foot, doctors were forced to amputate the appendage because of a condition known as gangrene that was life-threatening.
Sepsis
Shock
Deep vein thrombosis

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Diego Rivera How long were Frida and Diego divorced before they remarried in 1940?
Five years
Four years
One year
Diego and Frida's marriage was as full of drama as a telenovela! During one particularly tumultuous time, the couple decided to divorce. Unable to be apart, they were remarried only one year later.
Three years

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Frida Kahlo Which one of these fashion magazines included Frida in a 1939 spread?
"Cosmopolitan"
"Vanity Fair"
"Elle"
"Vogue"
Frida's fierce commitment to her heritage was always reflected in her clothing. A fashion designer was inspired by her style and created a spread for "Vogue" called the Señoras of Mexico. It features Frida next to an agave plant.

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The Blue House The Museo Frida Kahlo is sometimes called by what nickname?
Art House
Blue House
Dedicated by Diego Rivera after Frida's death, the Frida Kahlo Museum is often called the "Blue House." Every month, over 25,000 people journey to Coyoacán in Mexico City to pay tribute.
Monkey House
Parrot House

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Wall Street What iconic American thing did Frida develop a real distaste for while visiting New York City?
Empire State Building
The Statue of Liberty
Wall Street
Frida was fascinated by the industry and technology during her travels through the U.S., but she hated Wall Street. For her, it represented the division of classes that her political leanings fought so hard against.
Times Square

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Do you know how many siblings Frida Kahlo grow up with?
Three
During her youth, Frida was the more introverted of all her siblings. She grew up in a home with three sisters, but she preferred the company of her father. She often credited him for fostering her love of art.
None
Two
One

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The Two Fridas Which of Kahlo's painting represents the artist's dual nature?
"The Two Fridas"
One of her largest and most memorable paintings, "The Two Fridas" was painted soon after her divorce from Diego Rivera. Frida points out that the two figures represent the loved and unloved versions of herself.
"Without Hope"
"A Few Small Nips"
"My Nurse and I"

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Frida Kahlo During the '70s, what movement embraced Frida as a symbol?
Civil rights movement
Feminist movement
As the fight for equality continued in the '70s, the feminist movement made Frida popular again. Her self-awareness, activism and body-positive message were directly in line with the movement's values.
Labor rights movement
Student movement

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Paint Brush What type of paint did Frida Kahlo primarily use in her paintings?
Acrylic
Watercolor
Oil
There are a couple of Kahlo paintings completed in different mediums, but she usually employed the use of oil paint. Oil paint is much more vibrant than the others, and it lends to the overall aesthetic of her paintings.
Enamel

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Frida Kahlo - Salma Hayek Which famous actress played Frida in a 2002 film named "Frida?"
Sophia Vergara
Madonna
Charlize Theron
Salma Hayek
With such fierce pride in her Mexican heritage, it wouldn't have been right for anyone but Salma Hayek to play Frida. The actress received an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of the artist.

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