Frida Kahlo: The woman behind the legend - Iseult Gillespie

Learn about the life and art of Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo, who explored disability, relationships and Mexican culture in her work.


In 1925, Frida Kahlo was on her way home from school in Mexico City when the bus she was riding collided with a streetcar. She suffered near-fatal injuries and her disability became a major theme in her paintings. Over the course of her life, she would establish herself as the creator and muse behind extraordinary pieces of art. Iseult Gillespie dives into the life and work of Frida Kahlo.

Lesson by Iseult Gillespie, directed by Ivana Bošnjak and Thomas Johnson.

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100+ comentarios:

Hyun Seok Ryu
Hyun Seok Ryu:
Ted Ed has been making educational videos for years, and yet they still amaze me with the animations each time!
Eduardo Gomez
Eduardo Gomez:
It is incredible to see how people around the world value Frida's work while here in Mexico she's so widely diminished as an artist. On many occasions I have heard other Mexicans say that their work has no value at all. I am amazed by the fact that we, the Mexican people, are the ones who judge our artists so negatively, while the rest of the world rejoices with their art.
Thanks Ted-Ed for this and all your amazing videos. Greetings from México
Curiosity Culture
Curiosity Culture:
Blows my mind how powerful art can be sometimes.
"...Together, they travelled the world, and dedicated themselves to art, communist politics and Mexican nationalism." one does._
Star Cherry
Star Cherry:
She’s a reminder that your life doesn’t have to be perfect to be successful
What a coincidence, I need to study Frida for an art essay on introspection and this should help!
Luin Tathren
Luin Tathren:
I absolutely worship Frida Kahlo! Her magical realism is profound. Like Kahlo, I have also experienced spinal problems and neuropathic pain for most of my adult life. So her work, especially The Broken Column, gives a beautiful voice to the pain I've had. Thank you for featuring her.
Danielle Anderson
Danielle Anderson:
My partner is a huge fan of her work, and I can see why.
After this video i studied about her in internet. She suffered more than anybody.. She contracted polio and bus accident done tremendous damage to her body and she was lived dying, experiencing tremendous pain and her childhood was so sad and her mom sometimes very cruel.. Eventhough she had pain, she laid her footmark in history. And today we are learning about her.. Such a brave heart..
Thanks for introducing to us ted-ed.. You are awesome.. I became fan of your channel..👏👏
-4 Subscribers with a hammer addiction
-4 Subscribers with a hammer addiction:
We need more artists like her

Many...many more
Akshara Umamaheswar
Akshara Umamaheswar:
The animations are SOO GOOD !!!
Polar Equatorial
Polar Equatorial:
She definitely raised a few eyebrows.
Seth Leoric
Seth Leoric:
Will you guys do Noli Me Tangere yet?
Camilo Iribarren
Camilo Iribarren:
I saw her work and visited her house in Mexico, la casa azul
How do you even make animations like this? :O
ginah tran
ginah tran:
After going to her house La Casa Azul and seeing some of her striking and almost nightmarish depictions of her disability, I literally had nightmares and was scared. Her art and images of her hospital gowns and back braces stayed in my head for a long time.
sad empath
sad empath:
In awe of how this animator captured Frida’s style without copying it. That is masterful. What a perfect example of Ted-Ed quality productions!
Софья Есауленко
Софья Есауленко:
Until one day I have never heard of Frida's masterpieces and her existing at all. But my sister invited me on the exhibition in Moscow dedicated to Frida's and Diego's life and art. Since that day i fell in love in Frida Kahlo and everything that reminded about her ever. The film about her life, where Salma Hayek plays the main role, is worth of watching because I have seen it several times and every time I was inspired motivated with her spirit and power.
Adventure Films_567756
Adventure Films_567756:
Ted-Ed Has always made education fun for me I used to struggle hard in school and you made school interesting and challenging and I liked it without you I would haven’t been like this today
i have a public art exam tomorrow and i love you for posting this, it'll help with my writing 😭
Very inspiring! That last painting got me feeling all sorts of feels. Very empowering.
Kira Pökelmann
Kira Pökelmann:
I really like Frida, shes so inspiring and brave!
ugly sleepping
ugly sleepping:
When I was a very young girl, I've been so in love with her artwork without knowing the stories behind them. There is something dark, hot, painful in those paintings made my imaginations goes high than ever.
Someone asked me who Frida Kahlo was so I told them "she's pretty much the Lady Gaga of art"
Millicent Tamo
Millicent Tamo:
Can you please do Dante's Inferno or Jose Rizal?
she’s my favorite artist ever. i remember exactly how i felt the first time i see her work, it’s so mesmerizing.
Brenton Lee
Brenton Lee:
Me:Sees a TedEd video about Frida Kahlo
the story is impeccable as the animation and narration! Ted-ed outdone yourself!
Simran Verma
Simran Verma:
Is nobody going to admit that the animation is so mesmerising 😍😍
tapas Tarafdar
tapas Tarafdar:
Thank you Ted ed for bringing these powerful and undoubtedly influential women and their work to the spotlight.
jeff Mccutcheon
jeff Mccutcheon:
TED Ed makes so many videos, and yet their animations still amaze me every time!
Matthew CYN_15
Matthew CYN_15:
A supporting character of the Mexican Pixar animated film Coco has such a huge talent and story to tell.
Hector is gonna be soooo Santa Juanita revolted.
Marvel Geek
Marvel Geek:
Artists like her are changing the world !!
Priya Patel
Priya Patel:
Oh my God you people make the best videos ever, a tribute to Frida ❤️
That was a brilliant exploration of the work of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. It was very clear, informative and it had a great deal of depth. A+
Elle Ramirez
Elle Ramirez:
I.m going to try doing art like this, maybe it will help me understand myself better.
nikhil thottingal
nikhil thottingal:
What is the soundtrack around 3:29? It's just... Divinely Devouring.
Phat Horsie
Phat Horsie:
Her voice makes me feel it...
“Tehuana” dress is pronounced (teh-wah-nah dress)
I learned about her a tiny bit in Spanish class
Regulus Arcturus
Regulus Arcturus:
I adore Frida. Despite life seeming so cruel and bleak at times, she was always able to find beauty in ugliness and pour her pain into her art. She remained unapologetically herself in an era where individuality was looked down upon.

Like Frida said, the only ones who truly die are the ones who never lived.
Beautifully animated hommage to a great painter!
The stop motion painting animation was so good, i couldn't concentrate on the storyline, i was staring at each brush stroke, each frame by frame on repeat, each colour painted and washed off. It was so realistic.
Shubham Singh
Shubham Singh:
3:00 The subtle track of heartbeat behind the narration adds life to the portraits!
epSos Premium
epSos Premium:
Frida *painted selfies of herself.*
She would have loved mobile phones :-)
Biol_loszka o.o
Biol_loszka o.o:
I KNOW HER ! She was in Coco
Saloni Singh
Saloni Singh:
I love how every TED-Ed video I watch instanly captures my attention with the amazing animation...
Never stop inspiring, TED.
Adam Chen
Adam Chen:
the art is so awesome dude~ this is inspiring me to create something like that!
Annie West
Annie West:
what a coincidence! yesterday i decided to make presentation about her for my class and this video appeared at the very right time. btw, the visuals are amazing!
Moody Pierat
Moody Pierat:
I first learned about Frieda when I was in the third grade. And just remember being so interested by her art and her story.
Yram Rodriguez
Yram Rodriguez:
Thanks to TED- ed all these kind of lessons have helped me improve my listening comprehension, as well as being entertaining and with relevant topics.
Jessica Moores
Jessica Moores:
Thank You Iseult, Rest In Peace Frida💕
यतो धर्मस्ततो जयः
यतो धर्मस्ततो जयः:
One of the marvellous artists of all time.. Her works are masterpieces..
absolutely one of my favourite artists!! amazing and lovely video
Hey Ya!
Hey Ya!:
Multiple drops of tears of joy emerges from my eyes every time I see her work
Akshata Suradkar
Akshata Suradkar:
ted ed makes everything so good!!!!
ChVP *
ChVP *:
Beautiful & so informative, thank you !!💕🙌🏻✨
Musti Chanel
Musti Chanel:
Raja Arief Danial
Raja Arief Danial:
I was so interested about her after watching Coco!
Bhavya Bhavya
Bhavya Bhavya:
The animation of the heartbeat was just soo beautiful.
Poonam Singh
Poonam Singh:
She is one of my favourite artists. Please make a video on Amrita Shergil.
She is my favorite. I love her.
Yuuup I just had my A-levels last week about her
Vivi Vivi
Vivi Vivi:
Thank you for ur work hard, Ted ed. I appreciate a lot. Thank you for the translator especially Indonesia sub, really helpful. Love you guys 😍😍
Carrot Knight69
Carrot Knight69:
I admire your hard work. You make simplicity look extraordinary. I wish I will work in an indusrty like yours. Congratulations.
Lan Ai
Lan Ai:
Why dose every video the animations are so good! WHY it’s to good
S J:
Ted Ed videos are ART! Love them
Mollie Svenson
Mollie Svenson:
My mum suggested that I use her for my art homework, and after researching her I absolutely adore her
Wow I need a making of of this video!
This moving painting is soo fabulous and this video in general is amazing and so educational.. 🎨😍
Lexi Grimbrooke
Lexi Grimbrooke:
Frida has always been fascinating to me. I remember doing a report on her in 5th grade. I had to draw her, dress up as her, and give a report. It was so awesome. I love her.
Mario Alberto :P
Mario Alberto :P:
I love her. The greatest.
I'm so happy you made this video!
kirby march barcena
kirby march barcena:
Looking at the eyes of her self-portrait is like looking unto her soul.
Arush Dubey
Arush Dubey:
Another Great Video From Ted-Ed!
freaking COCO hit my head like a truck..
Raphael Tefera
Raphael Tefera:
This video needs to be exhibited, amazing ted-ed
MK Abhilash
MK Abhilash:
Youtube compression doesnt justify the work put out by the animators :(
Maha Mohamed
Maha Mohamed:
I love how you make the video as I saw Frida from a very different and sweet point of view ✨💜😊
Foued Bouaita
Foued Bouaita:
I love this channel! I am addicted!
Pallavi Srivastava
Pallavi Srivastava:
You people at Ted-Ed have made inspiring videos with beautiful animation, gripping content and soothing, yet captivating narrative... I want to thank you for each piece you have made. You're the reason internet is a wonderful place to be.
I'm torn. Love that Ted Ed covered Frida and really love the idea and effort that went into animating this by reproducing her paintings, albeit it in a bit more simplistic way. But at the same, would loved for people to have seen her actual painting at some point in the video, like maybe fading to the real ones or something. That said, really good job. Love this channel!
Toffee Coffee
Toffee Coffee:
Love you TedEd you make me blow my art teacher's mind
Wow, so interesting and inspiring
Charles Englander
Charles Englander:
this video is beautifully made, how did you do this animation?
Saúl De León Torres
Saúl De León Torres:
So beautiful animation, piece of art.
I love Frida Kahlo and her art <3
Calvin Brown
Calvin Brown:
I'd never suspect a self-portrait artist to be so talented.
flowergirl 7
flowergirl 7:
Really great synopsis of a creative genius life.
Ann Zrate
Ann Zrate:
Pronuncian "Tehuana" como "Tijuana" 😂😂
I had to replay the video twice, once with the monitor on and once with the monitor off; the animation is too beautiful and distracting to hear the voice of the narrator
Ysabella Perez
Ysabella Perez:
I cried watching this... she's inspiring beyond words and I learned about her only today
I'm a fan of her!💕
Riri Hara
Riri Hara:
Finally! It's about time.
Qashmalsyah H
Qashmalsyah H:
I like how this video use the painting about Frida on the border between Mexico and America on the revolution scene.
Philgamer_ 309
Philgamer_ 309:
Amazing animation!
S N:
Noticed how the animation style for this video looks like brush work because this video is about an artist? Brilliant!
Chloe Savannah Cummings
Chloe Savannah Cummings:
I first heard about Frida when I was seven and read a book about a girl who admired her. I was amazed at her unique personality and liberal nature and felt inspired. I am still a little disappointed at the capitalising of her life and suffering, but perhaps , in a way, she would be happy she brings joy to people.
I visited her exhibition in my city this winter. Ended up crying my eyes out.