Frida Kahlo completed her first painting in 1926 “Self-Portrait Wearing a Velvet Dress” at the age of eighteen. She painted this for her then boyfriend Alejandro Gomez, to gain back his affection who had left her after the bus accident which resulted in several broken bones and crushed spinal column and an iron handrail pierced through her uterus via her abdomen. The aristocratic pose she has in the painting shows her interest in the paintings from Renaissance. Alejandro eventually came back to her but one year later he was sent away to Europe by his parents. This was among the four paintings she took along to show Diego Rivera, the man she married later, to get his critique and ask him if she could paint.