Having painted 143 paintings in her lifetime, 55 of which were self-portraits; Kahlo was deeply influenced by Mexican culture, which is apparent in her use of bold, vibrant colours and dramatic symbolism.
Alongside her notoriety for art and her interest in politics, Kahlo is also recognised for her fashion- most notably her colourful Mexican dresses. In 1938, whilst in New York for an exhibition, she caused a ‘sensation’ in her vibrant dress and was made to be seen as the ‘height of exotica’.
Time Magazine noted the ‘vivid reds and yellows of Mexican tradition’ in the way she dressed. This can be seen in her second self-portrait, ‘Time Flies‘, in which she uses bright colours. She wears peasant clothing, whilst the red, white & green in the painting are the colours of the Mexican flag.