Frida Kahlo, Acrylic on Canvas with Oil Glazing 85 cm X 65 cm Framed.
My homage to one of Mexico’s greatest artist, Frida Kahlo, she was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyocoan, Mexico City, Mexico. She grew up in the family’s home where was later referred to as the Blue House or Casa Azul. He father was a German descendant and photographer. He immigrated to Mexico where he met and married her mother Matilde. Her mother was half Amerindian and half Spanish. She had two older sisters and one younger sister.
Many of her paintings are self portraits, she said of her work: “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”
I based this painting on elements from some of her more famous works, talking, for example, some of the animals that she loved and bringing them together as part of the background. I also featured some of the stylistic and decorative elements common to her paintings. Her story is a fascinating one, she was a strong determined woman who lived her life with passion, unrestrained by norms and conventions. In her Art, she cast the aside the expectation of depicting the traditional forms of female beauty, painting instead raw, painful, but above all honest experiences that were a feature of Woman’s lives. Her subject matter included taboo subjects, they expressed her complex sexuality and love life, they catalogued those many female experiences that are often ignored. As Frida often said: “they are the frankest expression of myself”, she was above all else a remarkable artist capturing on the canvas the intricate humanity of her life.
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