Remembering Frida Kahlo

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Modern interpretation of a Frida Kahlo photograph taken by Nikolas Murray.

Before a selfie was a #selfie, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo perfected the self-portrait. Kahlo’s paintings explored self-portraiture in a way no other artist had; altering the viewer’s perspective, her paintings were not only Kahlo, but subtle and occasionally blatant commentaries on personal and societal occurrences.

She is quoted as saying, “I paint myself because I am so often alone and I am the subject I know best.”

Today, July 13th marks 62 years since Kahlo’s passing in Mexico City.  Although she was extremely well-known at the time of her death, her art was often overshadowed by that of her husband, Diego Rivera. As the feminist movement gained momentum, her work was praised for its portrayals of a woman’s mental state throughout her course of life.

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Kahlo’s 1939 oil painting, “The Two Fridas”symbolized both the physical and emotional toll of her tumultuous marriage with Diego Rivera.

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Kahlo’s “Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird” portrays her emotional state following her divorce to Diego Rivera and the end of her affair with photographer, Nikolas Murray.

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“The Wounded Table” is a 1940 oil painting representing self-portraiture, Mexican heritage and grief/loss.

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“The Wounded Deer” symbolizes Kahlo’s declining health later in life. The painting was created in 1946.

 

Today, Frida Kahlo’s work sells for millions of dollars. Additionally, her life was dramatized in the 2002 film, “Frida” starring Selma Hayek and her likeness can be found on numerous items ranging from t-shirts to beer bottles. We honor and remember Frida Kahlo for her thought-provoking and innovative artwork.

Join our United Arts Campaign to help support the arts in Greater Hartford!

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