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Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) Mexico

Frida Kahlo was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1907. Kahlo started painting 1925 after a bus crash that left her confined to bed for a long time. She mainly painted self portraits that reflected various events in her life, and is celebrated by feminists for painting an uncompromising image of the female form and experience. She was also a devoted communist and married the Mexican painter and communist Diego Rivera in 1929. Their many times quite stormy relationship turned out to be the inspiration for many of her portraits.

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Since ancient times, women have been the muse of many a great art work. In terms of being artists themselves, women remained marginalised until the early 19th century. Thanks to the opening of art schools, the assertion of egalitarianism and the emergence of an art market, women finally achieved the recognition they deserved. Here, Barnebys has put together a list of ten women who played a key role in the history of art.