Historians May Have Found A Voice Recording of Frida Kahlo
Listen to what may be Frida Kahlo's voice.
Frida Kahlo’s 112th birthday is coming up on July 6, 2019, and El Paso along with the rest of the art community will be celebrating the fascinating painter and artist. Salma Hayek even portrayed the popular revolutionary artist in the 2002 biopic film, Frida. The Mexican artist is also a merchandise darling as her image is plastered on everything from clothing to accessories and much more. Yet, one of the unknown things about Kahlo is that no one left alive knows what she actually sounded like, until now.
According to the National Sound Library of Mexico, a discovery of audio recordings may contain a segment of the artist speaking. The audio recording is that of a woman's voice reading an essay titled, Portrait of Diego. Diego Rivera happened to be her husband and a famous painter as well. The recording was made for an episode of the 1955 radio program titled El Bachiller from Mexico. The library is making it a priority to not only comb through more of the archived recordings to see if they find any more audio but also to determine definitively that this is Frida Khalo’s actual voice.
Listen to what could be Frida Kahlo’s voice below: (English translation provided by Agence France-Presse)
“He is a gigantic, immense child, with a friendly face and a sad gaze. His high, dark, extremely intelligent and big eyes rarely hold still. They almost come out of their sockets because of their swollen and protuberant eyelids – like a toad’s. They allow his gaze to take in a much wider visual field as if they were built especially for a painter of large spaces and crowds.”