Frida Kahlo The Mexican artist ‘Frieda Kahlo’ is one of the most important 20th Century artists.
Frieda Kahlo – Her Life • Born July 6, 1907 in the town of Coyoacán in Mexico, Frida Kahlo survived many difficult events in her life, including contracting polio as a child, a long recovery from a serious car accident and two failed marriages.
Frieda Kahlo – Her Life • Kahlo survived thanks to her immense strength and strong will to live, she was hospitalised many times, underwent somewhere near 30 operations and suffered much pain in her life. • She used alcohol and drugs as a way to help deal with the pain. She also expressed much of her pain and frustrations through her art.
Frieda Kahlo – Her Life • She used these experiences, combined with strong Mexican and Native American cultural influences, to create highly personal paintings. • Some people may think her paintings are fantasy, surrealist or Magic Realism, but she considered her art to be realistic.
Frieda Kahlo – Her Life • She painted using vibrant colors in a style that was influenced by the Mexican culture.
Frieda Kahlo – Her Life • She was also influenced by European art movements such include Realism, Symbolism, and Surrealism.Many of her works are self-portraits that symbolically express her own pain. Scream by Edvard Munch typifies Symbolism. Salvador Dali ‘Narrative Surrealist Painting’ 1950
Frida Kahlo 1907-1954 • Self Portrait with Velvet Dress 1926 • This is a self portrait of Frida Kahlo and her first serious work • It was painted as a gift for her student boyfriend who had left her and she hoped to win him back • The aristocratic pose reflects Kahlo interest in renaissance art, while the mannerist elongation of the neck are influenced by the work of Amedeo Modigliani.
Frida Kahlo 1907-1954 • Self Portrait with Itzcuintli Dog 1938 • This picture shows an seductive young woman with full face and sensual lips. • The mood of this painting is of loneliness. • Only the tiny Itzcuintli dog offers Frida Kahlo the security and affection that she frequently sought fro many of her pets
Frida Kahlo 1907-1954 • Self Portrait with Monkey1938 • In Mexican Mythology the monkey is the patron of dance, but also a symbol lust. • Here however, the artist portrays the animal in such a way that it becomes the only truly living tender and soulful being in the painting with its arm placed protectively around her neck.
Frida Kahlo 1907-1954 • Self Portrait dedicated to Dr Eleosser 1940 • On the baderole at the bottom of the dedication (translated) reads • “I painted my portrait in the year of 1940 for Dr Leo Eleosser, my doctor and best friend. With all love Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo 1907-1954 • Me & My Parrots 1941 • This portrait arose during her love affair with Nickolas Murray. • He helped her prepare for her exhibition in New York • The four parrots are taken from Hindu Imagery, where they serve the bearers of the love god Kama. • And are used to symbolise the artists relationship with Murray
Frida Kahlo 1907-1954 • Self Portrait with Monkeys 1943 • Diego saw Kahlo as “the personification of all natural glory”. • He was thereby referring both outward appearance and the subject she incorporated into her paintings • She painted the flora and fauna of Mexico, depicted cacti, plants of the primeval forest, volcanic rock.
Frida Kahlo 1907-1954 • Web Sites • www.Tate.org.uk • www.pbs.org • www.Ask.com • www.fridakahlo.com • Go to the shared drive for this PPT and the portrait images for your essay.