Mexican Blue at Frida Kahlo’s House, the Casa Azul

In the neighbourhood of Coyoacán is Frida Kahlo’s ‘Casa Azul’, the cobalt blue house where the artist was born and spent most of her life.

We were there many years ago when the artist was mostly unknown north of the Mexican border. Photos of the house were not allowed so that all we have of that visit was a sliver of the blue wall that surrounds the home.

Since then she has been discovered and is now almost a cult figure. A line-up snaked along the sidewalk but fortunately moved relatively quickly, and this time photography was allowed for an extra fee.

My favourite part was of the house were the gardens arranged in a series of courtyards.
Window in the artist Frida Kahlo's 'Casa Azul', the cobalt blue house in Coyoacán, MexicoThe plantings cast magical shadows on the blue exterior walls.Shadows of a tree on the wall of the artist Frida Kahlo's 'Casa Azul', the cobalt blue house in Coyoacán, MexicoA sunlit Philodendron in the garden of the artist Frida Kahlo's 'Casa Azul', the cobalt blue house in Coyoacán, MexicoWhen she married the famous muralist Diego Rivera he moved in, paid off the mortgage and built an extension. The couple collected many pre-hispanic artworks such as these reliefs embedded in the walls of their home.Pre-hispanic art decorates the artist Frida Kahlo's 'Casa Azul', the cobalt blue house in Coyoacán, MexicoPre-hispanic sculpture of lava stone on a ledge made of the same stone.
Pre-hispanic sculpture of lava stone decorates the artist Frida Kahlo's 'Casa Azul', the cobalt blue house in Coyoacán, MexicoThere were other colours than that eyeball-searing blue. This window shows the dark red and the green trim on a window looking out onto the garden.Window in the artist Frida Kahlo's 'Casa Azul', the cobalt blue house in Coyoacán, MexicoThis was part of the extension that Diego had built, surfaced with lava stone and decorated with shells and small pots along with niches for their pre-hispanic statue collection.Pre-hispanic art and shells decorate the lava stone walls of the artist Frida Kahlo's 'Casa Azul', the cobalt blue house in Coyoacán, MexicoIn one part of the garden a dark red and gold pyramid presides.A dark red and gold pyramid in the garden of the artist Frida Kahlo's 'Casa Azul', the cobalt blue house in Coyoacán, MexicoLava skull on the dark red wall of the pyramid.
Lava skull on the dark red wall of the pyramid in the garden of the artist Frida Kahlo's 'Casa Azul', the cobalt blue house in Coyoacán, MexicoMosiac tiled pool with frog designs.Mosiac tiled pool with frog designs in the garden at the artist Frida Kahlo's 'Casa Azul', the cobalt blue house in Coyoacán, MexicoIt was here she recuperated from her childhood illness of polio and later from an accident with a trolley bus that left her in constant pain. It was here that she painted her passionate and painful portraits. It was here that she lived with Diego for many years and he was the one that donated the building to be turned into a museum in honour of his late wife.

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14 responses to “Mexican Blue at Frida Kahlo’s House, the Casa Azul

      • Yes, I am sure, Albatz. I was fortunate to see an exhibition on her work, clothes, and archival documents from Casa Azul at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Fascinating!

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  3. Stunningly blue – wish I could visit myself, but thank you for posting this beauty! The only other blue house (almost in similar colour) I know of is that of Majorelle,s in Morocko. Yves Saint Laurent bought it.

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