Sunday, 23 November 2014

A Frida Kahlo Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait with Braid. 1941
10 Oct 2014 | From Sergio of Italy

I am not that familiar with Frida Kahlo and her works. In fact, I have only knew about her from the 2002 Miramax/Ventanarosa biopic 'Frida' which stars Salma Hayek in the title role. I haven't watched the movie yet though. Or maybe I have but forgot about it.

Sergio described Frida as a great but sad and unfortunate artist. Frida Kahlo de Rivera is a Mexican painter best known for her self-portraits. 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.

Frida's life was a life of hope and defiance. Betrayal, miscarriage, abortion, childlessness, a crippling road accident: Frida Kahlo transformed her suffering into transcendental art. Kahlo's art has a lasting power. The feminist movement of the 1970s led to renewed interest in her life and work, as Kahlo was viewed by many as an icon of female creativity.

Source: The Guardian

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