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Did Frida Kahlo Suffer From Fibromyalgia?

Monday 30 April 2018


From JSTOR Daily:


The Two Fridas (1933)
The Two Fridas, 1933
(via Flickr/cea+)


By Ellen C. Caldwell
April 28, 2018
©2018 ITHAKA. All Rights Reserved.

Artist Frida Kahlo has made the news in recent months—from Mattel’s newly released Frida Barbie and its subsequent legal battles with her estate, to actor and director Salma Hayek’s accusations against Harvey Weinstein when they worked together on Frida, to more recent medical considerations of Kahlo’s physical battle with ongoing pain and fatigue.

Over the years, many art historians and medical professionals have noted how Kahlo’s paintings address physical pain. In 1989, David Lomas and Rosemary Howell described Kahlo’s consistent depiction of medical injury and personal trauma related to her numerous miscarriages and ongoing surgeries.


In reconsidering this and Kahlo’s other self-portraits, more and more doctors and art historians are starting to speculate whether she actually suffered from fibromyalgia. Medical doctors Manuel Martínez-Lavín et al. argue that Kahlo likely suffered from post-traumatic fibromyalgia, possibly triggered by her well-documented and violent street-car accident at the age of 18.


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