Guillermo Kahlo: Five Facts About Frida Kahlo’s German Dad

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Frida Kahlo’s Parents | Guillermo Kahlo Facts

Did you know that Frida Kahlo’s father Guillermo Kahlo was of German descent? The famous photographer was born in Pforzheim, Germany to German-Jewish parents. Find out more about him through the following facts:

  • “Guillermo” Kahlo is not his real name. He was born as Carl Wilhelm Kahlo in 1871 in Pforzheim, Germany. His parents were the jeweler Jakob Heinrich Kahlo and his wife Henriette Kaufmann.
  • Guillermo Kahlo moved to Mexico in 1890. Here, he worked as an accountant in ironmongery and in the jewelry business. Back then, many jewelry manufacturers from Pforzheim had businesses in Mexiko.
  • He married Matilde Calderón y González (Frida Kahlo’s mother) in 1893. At that time, the widower already had two children. Matilde Calderón y González was the daughter of a photographer. Later on, he got his first big photo job and started photographing as a professional job.
  • He suffered from epilepsy.
  • Frida Kahlo was also influenced by her German dad. She often used to pose for his portraits and he used to call her the “smartest of all his daughters” as she resembled him the most. In 1952, she finished her work “Portrait of my Father” – 10 years after his death.

Featured image (cropped): Guillermo Kahlo – Artist Details – Public Domain

June 25, 2019
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