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Frida Kahlo

Page history last edited by Jayson Yeagley 10 years, 6 months ago

 

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Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954; born Magdalena Carmen Frieda[2] Kahlo y Calderón)[3] was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán.[4] Perhaps best known for her self-portraits (of her 143 paintings, 55 are self-portraits including many portrayals of her physical and psychological pain,[5] Kahlo's work is remembered for its "pain and passion",[6] and its intense, vibrant colors. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.[7]

Mexican culture and Amerindian cultural tradition figure prominently in her work, which has sometimes been characterized as Naïve art orfolk art.[8] Her work has also been described as "surrealist", and in 1938 one surrealist described Kahlo herself as a "ribbon around a bomb".[7]

Kahlo had a stormy but passionate marriage with the prominent Mexican artist Diego Rivera. She suffered lifelong health problems, many of which stemmed from a traffic accident in her teenage years. These issues are reflected in her works, more than half of which are self-portraits of one sort or another. Kahlo suggested, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best."[9] She also stated, "I was born a bitch. I was born a painter."[10]

 

 

 

Self-Portrait on the Borderline between Mexico and the United States (1932, oil on metal panel, 12 1/2 X 13 3/4

 

 

 

Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky (1937, oil on masonite, 30 X 24 in.)

 

 

Comments (2)

Jayson Yeagley said

at 9:02 am on Jan 6, 2011

1. Historically, women artists have been prolific painters of self-portraits, perhaps because they were seldom permitted to practice with nude models. Until the nine-teenth century, they often portrayed themselves in the act of painting, holding a paintbrush and a palette. In what ways do the two self-portraits here continue that tradition? In what ways has Kahlo left it behind?

2. What story does Self-Portrain on the Borderline between Mexico and the United States tell? Consider Kahlo's placement of herself, as well as the painting's symmetry. Look carefully at the shapes she uses to represent Mexico and the United States. How does the use of space beckon or repulse the viewer? What does Kahlo say about herself and the borderline between Mexico and thh United States?

Jayson Yeagley said

at 9:05 am on Jan 6, 2011

3. What is the persona Kahlo creates for herself in Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky? How is it different from and similar to the character she creates in Self-Portrait on the Borderline between Mexico and the United States?

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