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Transcript of Frida Kahlo
Communist revolutionary movement
Marxism Will Give Health to the Sick
A strong political statement in support of the Communist Party of Mexico;
Main message - the "evil" capitalism could be defeated;
Symbols - the red book, the white dove, the flag, the mushroom, the blue sky and the sun, the globe's color, etc;
Communist revolutionary movement
Self-Portrait with Stalin
A painting with obvious Communist theme.
When Frida died in July of 1954, she left an unfinished portrait of Stalin on the easel in her studio…a testament to the fact that, when she was able, she wanted to paint to "…serve the party " and "… benefit the Revolution ".
Culture & Mythology
Pre-Culumbian Culture and Mythology
The love embrace of the universe
Elements derived from Mexican mythology
Frida's inability to bear children led her to adopt a maternal role towards Diego;
She holds her husband Diego in a love embrace that illustrates the combining relationship of women and men;
Embracing the human couple is the Aztec Earth Mother, Cihuacoatl [siwa:ko:a:t], made from clay and rock, embraced by the Universal Mother;
The dog - Xolotl, a mythological creature who guards the underworld;
Religious influence on Frida's art
Ex-Voto and Retablo
"Ex-Voto" paintings include three common elements:
1) a scene depicting a tragedy or someone with a grave illness or injury;
2) a Saint or martyr that intervened to "save the day";
3) an inscription describing the event.
Moses - Frida's Masterpiece
Painted in 1945
Awarded with second place on exhibition in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico.
"I read the book only once and started the painting with my first impression. Later I read it again, and I must confess I found my work most inadequate and quite different from the interpretation Freud analyzes so marvelously in his book Moses. But now there's no way to change it…"
06.07.1907 - Born in Coyoacan;
1922 - Started to study Medicine;
17.09.1925 - The Bus Accident;
21.08.1929 - The Wedding;
14.04.1941 - Her father died;
13.07.1954 - Frida died in la Casa Azul.
Changed the date of her birth to 07.07.1910;
Suffered multiple diseases - polio, kidney inflammation, anemia, pneumonia, gangrene, etc;
Had numerous affairs - Hungarian photographer Nicholas Muray, American sculpturer Isamu Noguchi, Soviet politician and theorist Leon Trotsky;
Featured on the cover of the French magazine "Vogue";
Frida Kahlo's "Roots" holds the auction record for a Latin American piece of art - sold for US$ 5.6 million in 2006.
1934 - The Affair between Diego and Cristina;
Underwent 35 operations as well as 3 failed pregnancies;
Personality - alegria (lust for life)
"I suffered two grave accidents in my life... One in which a streetcar knocked me down and the other was Diego"
The beginning of her art career
"Self-Portrait in a Velvet Dress" painted in 1926
"I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I known best."
"Portrait of a Woman in White " painted in 1930
"You have a talent"
"Frida and Diego Rivera" painted in 1931
"... because it is the most original..."
"...seems to be influenced by what you have seen."
"Self Portrait with a Portrait of
Diego on the Breast and Maria
Between the Eyebrows " painted in 1954
Culture, politics and identity in the paintings of Frida Kahlo, Janice Helland
Frida Kahlo, From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frida_Kahlo
In Loving Memory of Frida Kahlo.... - http://www.fridakahlofans.com
Moses by Frida Kahlo - http://tesserae.blogspot.com/2007/10/descriptive-paper.html
The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo - http://www.pbs.org/weta/fridakahlo/
Welcome To Frida Kahlo Website - http://www.fridakahlo.com/
Thank you for
Culture and Mythology
" I feel that I still have enougt energy to do anything ...
...I started painting "
"Folkloric" style - "Mexicanism" style
"It it impossible to separate the life and work of this extrodinary person. Her paintings are her biography"