Frida and Trotsky

November 30

Frida Kahlo’s Studio::Mexico City, Mexico::
Frida Kahlo’s Studio
Kitchen in Casa Azul::Mexico City, Mexico::
Kitchen in Casa Azul
Frida - Portrait of Frida's Family::Mexico City, Mexico::
Frida - Portrait of Frida's Family
The Tule Casa Azul::Mexico City, Mexico::
Casa Azul
Frida - Self Portrait with Stalin::Mexico City, Mexico::
Frida - Self Portrait with Stalin

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo painted mostly self-portraits. While in Mexico City, we wanted to visit a place where she lived and worked. Her Casa Azul or the Blue House is tastefully decorated and contains not only paintings but also many pre-Columbian artifacts that she and her husband Diego Riviera collected. The suffering of Frida's life is evident in her works. We were struck most by the fact that the painter had a life-long great affection for communism and Soviet leaders such as Stalin and Trotsky. The latter one even lived in her house for over two years.

Study where Trotsky was killed::Mexico City, Mexico::
Study where Trotsky was killed
Bullet Holes::Mexico City, Mexico::
Bullet Holes
Armored Doors::Mexico City, Mexico::
Armored Doors
Ediphone::Mexico City, Mexico::
Watchtower::Mexico City, Mexico::
Trotsky's Tomb::Mexico City, Mexico::
Trotsky's Tomb

After artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Riviera invited Leon Trotsky to Mexico, he lived in their home for two years. In 1939, after a brief affair with Frida, the Russian moved with his family to another place. Sentenced to death by Stalin, he was constantly surrounded by his guards. After failed assassination attempt with machine guns in April 1940 some widows were bricked up, walls that surround the property were raised, watchtower was built, and in Leon's room, armed doors were added. However, the second assassination attempt few months later was successful. A Spanish Stalin supporter, who gained Trotsky's trust, killed him by slamming an alpine ice axe, in the back of his skull.

Rootop Gardens::Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City, Mexico::
Rootop Gardens
Baroque Carriage::Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City, Mexico::
Baroque Carriage
The Terrace::Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City, Mexico::
The Terrace

The only palace in North America that actually served as residence for royalty, Chapultepec Castle was home of Maximillian I of Mexico. This was rather short episode of establishing a monarchy in Mexico. In 1867, three years after Maximillian declared himself Emperor of Mexico, he was captured and executed by the republican government of Mexico.

Meeting Room::Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City, Mexico::
Meeting Room
Dining Room::Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City, Mexico::
Dining Room
Lounge Room::Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City, Mexico::
Lounge Room
The stained glass hallway::Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City, Mexico::
The stained glass hallway
Stained glass window::Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City, Mexico::
Stained glass window

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