Naperville Art League members honor Frida Kahlo with 'Viva la Vida'

  • "Frida's Room" by Paula Shuck is among the art on display at the Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery.

    "Frida's Room" by Paula Shuck is among the art on display at the Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery. Courtesy of Naperville Art League

 
 
Updated 7/5/2021 1:23 PM

Naperville Art League members honor Frida Kahlo with the gallery exhibit "Viva la Vida, an homage to Frida" on display at the Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery, 508 N. Center St. in Naperville.

The art in the gallery is available for sale, along with many one-of-a-kind gift shop items. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through July 24. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

Naperville Art League is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit. Visit www.napervilleartleague.com.

The show is in recognition of the much-publicized "Frida Kahlo: Timeless" exhibit at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage June 5 to Sept. 6. For information or tickets, go to theccma.org/frida-kahlo.

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), considered one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, was a self-taught, internationally recognized Mexican painter known for her many portraits and self-portraits, as well as works inspired by nature, the artifacts of Mexico, and the country's culture.

She was a feminist, fashion icon, political activist, and subject of the movie starring Selma Hayek titled "Frida."

Her life was fraught with tragedy and pain as she endured polio, a near-deadly bus accident that caused her lifelong pain, multiple serious surgeries, and a bitter death.

According to "Frida, A Biography of Frida Kahlo" by Hayden Herrera, eight days before her death, Frida finished her last painting by adding her final salute to life, "Viva la Vida," which means "Live the Life" or "Hurray for Life."

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