The Art of Frida Kahlo
The bold art of Frida Kahlo has always attracted a lot of attention. During her lifetime, many prominent artists were fascinated with her work, and in the years after her death, she has been considered one of the boldest female artists of her time.
About one-third of her works were revealing self-portraits, in which she painted her own body as a way to represent both her internal self and her external environment. The human body in general was central to her work - she often painted incorporated disembodied organs, fetuses, corpses, and blood into her portraits. She highlighted the distance between the visible world and the hidden internal life by eliminating physical barriers such as skin - to reveal broken hearts, babies in utero, and other such ordinarily unseen elements.
Another duality Kahlo frequently addressed was the interplay between Mexican folk style of art and dress and the European trends of the time. This, in part, allowed her to set herself apart from the Surrealist movement of the time. As Kahlo said, "I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality."
IMAGE CREDIT "Itzcuintli Dog with Me"; by Frida Kahlo, 1938. On loan to the National Museum of Women in the Arts
from a private collection.