Frida Kahlo- surrealist painter, cross- dresser, enthusiastic drinker and lover, inspiration for one of the greatest painters of the 20th century, Diego Rivera, icon, legend, communist activist and I know the list can go on. It is amazing how someone who only lived 47 years and whose life was a collection of operations and sickness could be such an active person. Yet, she was and was to become one of the most representative and original figure of the 20th century.
ackground Information- biography and reputation
Frida Kahlo was born on the 6th of July 1907 in Ciudad de Mexico as the third daughter of William Kahlo and Matilda Calderon. Her complete name was Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo Calder n. Her life was struck by misery ever since the beginning: in 1913, when she was six years old, she contracted poliomyelitis and her right leg was affected, appearing much thinner than…… [Read More]
Frida Kahlo: The life and work of a primitivist and an early postmodernist in the history of Mexican art and the history of female artists
Mexican artist. Primitivist. Consummate iconoclast. Lover of Diego Rivera and also a lesbian lover of women. A woman of a passionate, childish temperament who longed to have her own child but was systematically thwarted in her attempts. All of these descriptions sum up the works, loves, and lives of Frida Kahlo. ("Frida Kahlo: A Brief Biography," 2004) Yet this woman remained somewhat enigmatic to the rest of the world. As she herself noted in her brightly illustrated and copious diaries, she frequently painted self-portraits because she was so often alone and because she felt that she was the person she I knew best. (Falini, 2004, "Frida and her obsession of self-portraits.)
This obsessive isolation on the part of Kahlo, was partly self-imposed, because of what…… [Read More]
If it can be said that a bomb is free when it explodes, Frida Kahlo was most free when the explosive power of her artistry allowed her to be herself. She was born in 1907, just a few years before the 1910 revolution in Mexico that would bring about major social and political disorder (Gonzalez, 2005). She developed a deformed foot from polio, which earned her an early childhood nick-name of peg-leg Frida -- something she very much wanted to overcome. It could well have been these circumstances and her youthful streak of independence and determination that would lead her toward being a young communist and a financial, sexual and physically free artistic spirit (FANS, 2011).
She thrived on cultural and intellectual stimulation, something that came to her early on as well with a creative father. In a strange mix of fates, she would ultimately die of a…… [Read More]
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Self-Portrait with Money by Frida Kahlo was painted in 1938. The work is an oil on masonite painting and was commissioned by Conger Goodyear, who served as the head of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (PBS, 2005). Frida painted numerous self-portraits through her career, but this one depicted something unique about the artist: the monkey perched just behind her shoulder represented a kind of protective spirit. Frida herself has a look in her eyes that warns the viewer not to try to fool her—for she sees everything that everyone is up to. This paper will explain the self-portrait and what its content, composition and style communicate to the viewer.
Content, Composition and Style
In terms of content, Frida’s self-portrait with monkey communicates something important and special about the artist herself. As Lazzari and Schlesier (2017) note, Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait…… [Read More]
Kahlo v. Rembrandt before referencing
Rembrandt and Kahlo -- a comparative and contrasting study of two self-portraits
Both Rembrandt van Rijn and Frida Kahlo were artists who redefined the subject matter and style of painting for their respective generations. Although profoundly different in their sensibilities, historical circumstances, and personalities, both of these artists tackled the difficult task of fashioning an image of themselves upon canvas. Rembrandt, in fact, was particularly famous for painting and repainting his image, at different junctures of his life (Martin & Jacobus 93). Rembrandt's 1659 oil canvas entitled simply "Self-Portrait" is characteristic of the unadorned, spare style of portraiture that defined this Dutch artist's realistic style. In contrast, the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's oil-on-masonite "Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird" of 1940 is a surrealist flight of fancy that aims to create a psychic, rather than a literal self-portrait.
Rembrandt's desire to focus the gazer's eye…… [Read More]
Move Frida and the Mexican Culture in hich She Lived
Julie Taymor's "Frida" is (in addition to a biography of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo) a motion picture offering insight in Mexican culture and of the Central American society in general. The movie depicts the life of Frida Kahlo and how it was influenced by the fact that she was Mexican. The action in the script is contributed by characteristic Latin music in creating a perfect image of Mexico. Frida's tumultuous life along with the eclectic cinematic formulas succeeds in making the movie a hallmark of Mexican culture.
The movie displays Mexico in the first half of the twentieth century in an accurate manner. From the very first scene, when the camera pans on a typical Mexican garden, the public is without doubt expected to relate to a Mexican way of life. The animals and the vegetation are all characteristic…… [Read More]
The Portrait of Joseph Roulin by Vincent Van Gogh is Van Gogh's representation of his friend and idol, Joseph Roulin. The portrait is a drawing, rendered in brown ink and black chalk. While impressionistic, the portrait is also realistic- conveying an actual resemblance to a person. This portrait was significant because it was painted during Van Gogh's period in Arles, France. While productive in Arles, Van Gogh was also relatively isolated, and considered Roulin one of his dearest friends. This is interesting because Roulin is not depicted in a friendly manner, but appears severe and somewhat imposing. This may be because Van Gogh believed Roulin was an impressive and was man, as well as a dear friend. Therefore, his choice of medium may have been made in order to convey wisdom, rather than friendliness.
Girl before a Mirror by Pablo Picasso is an oil on canvas. Like Picasso's other…… [Read More]
Indeed, they are both supporter of Communism and here we are already talking about the mature period of Communist in its fight against the Imperialists (certainly, these are the same imperialists that would have paid Rivera for painting Rockefeller Centre) and the meeting between the couple and Trotsky is defining for the late phase of their relationship.
Artistic practices and values
Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath and Frida and Diego are extremely relevant for this category. First of all, Frida and Diego are members of the artistic community of Mexico and not only (and we are referring here to their presence in France during a time of artistic effervescence, as well as to their trip in the United States), this is the community that influences them and from where they draw their identity as artists. Additionally, it is their art that pulls them together each time the fall apart on…… [Read More]
Also, the idea of double nature of the artist uncenters the viewer's perception of him or herself -- it raises the question if we are all not simultaneously two people, if we embrace more than one identity within ourselves -- jilted lover and artist.
Frida's use of her unique style of primitivism makes the work uniquely self-expressive. Yet there are many points of access of the work for the gazer, most notably the sense of heartbreak literally rendered. One interpretation of the work suggests that Frida is both loved and unloved -- the more conventional Frida bleeds, and tries to staunch her wound with surgical pinchers, while the Frida in peasant dress, the artist with the connection to her Mexican heritage is still loved by herself, and does not bleed. Anyone who has ever experienced a loss, or been in a difficult relationship with mixed emotions can relate to Kahlo's…… [Read More]
customs adopted by Guerrilla Girls in the world of today as well as that of yesteryears. It lists their history, their indoctrination as well as their different ways of dealing with the society and the people, in general.
The Guerrilla Girls - ho are they?
Guerrilla Girls -- a mission that was founded in New York in 1985 had a clear and specific task at hand of increasing the visibility of women and minorities in the art world. The Guerilla Girls are unknown, ape-masked performance artists and agitators who have made a mark in cultures jamming them into everyone's heart and mind for the last two decades or so. They have infused bull on the sexism in the worlds of art and not to forget the form so closely related with art, the media. The semian sirens stories and fables narrate to us of the safaris of the…… [Read More]
Cantilever construction is known by projecting a form that is attached at one end to the building, while the other end juts out.
Second I will discuss the symbolism of the two buildings. The symbolism of both shows that the key images of both buildings depends on the perspective from which the building is viewed. The author talks of a 'colossal artichoke...a blooming flower' when referring to the Gehry museum while Wright's Guggenheim is in the shape of a seashell. These are all key images as related to the two architects.
The third discussion will focus on the iconography of the buildings which can be described as the viewer's participation in identifying and explaining what is going on in the building.
As mentioned above neither building has a form that follows function and the Gehry creation especially is difficult to tell what is going on in the building. Each perspective…… [Read More]
I've never "seen" a million dollars, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
A couple of the other physics concepts can be difficult to comprehend, as well. For example, one concept is that things can exist in more than one space at a time, but people do not choose to see them, and so, when they look at them they disappear. This section of the film might turn away a lot of viewers, because much of the discussion may be over their heads and the might find it boring. These ideas are some of the most "out there" of the film, and the hardest for the mathematicians to really get across. The talk of what is real and what a person sees vs. what they remember was understandable, but many of the other concepts may just be too odd for people to wrap their heads around. For example, the atom…… [Read More]
enaissance and early twentieth century art offer an interesting study in comparison because of their distinctive styles. It is the objective of this paper to describe the definitive characteristics of each period through comparing aphael's Alba Madonna to Salvador Dali's The Persistence of Memory.
enaissance art is reputed for the unified balance achieved between pictorial considerations of measurable space and the effects of light and color on the one hand, and the artist's personal expression on the other (Pioch, 2002). This unity is evident in aphael's Alba Madonna, a painting that represents the artist's unique style of sweetness of expression. The painting is remarkable because of the manner in which aphael has succeeded in addressing a serious subject within a backdrop of a serene countryside. Indeed, it can be said that he was able to do this precisely because of the use of symmetry, namely, the round format that succeeds…… [Read More]
hile that process may be somewhat apparent in Kurt Schwitters's Merz pictures from this era, the artist was not so radical as to defy all means of self-expression - he clearly could not help himself from interfering by shaping his materials into a form that may not have seemed coherent at the time, but from a historical perspective, certainly seems to make sense. Both works seem to evoke a melancholy mood in the viewer once one realizes that such rigorous means of experimentation are largely absent from the activities of artists in today's art world.
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Larson, Kay. "Cage as Not Only All Ears, He as All Eyes, Too." New York Times, Feb.…… [Read More]