frida kahlo on ambition and painting

“I really don’t know if my paintings are surrealist,” she says, ” but I know that they are the frankest expression of myself, without ever taking into consideration anyone’s judgment or prejudice, I have painted very little and without the slightest desire for glory or ambition, but before all else, out of the conviction that I enjoy it, and then to be able to make my living with my work. I am trying , as much as I can, to always be myself, with the bitter consciousness that many lives would not suffice to paint as I desire, and all I desire”.

via frida kahlo, the gisele freund photographs, abrams, new york.