André Breton wrote: "There is no art more exclusively feminine, in the sense that, in order to be as seductive as possible, it is only too willing to play alternately at being absolutely pure and absolutely pernicious. The art of Frida Kahlo is a ribbon about a bomb" (Herrera, 1983). Frida Kahlo has the most famous and conspicuous self portraits in the world today. Her paintings were highly controversial and caught the attention of the common people, art lovers and critics from art professionals. However, it was not until the publishing to Hayden Herrera biography Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo in 1983 that drew the eyes of most people to Frida’s art. Frida’s portrait of her own body was the central piece of her art. According to Frida in Mexico out of the 143 completed portraits of Frida, 55 of them were self portraits and the rest were representation of her self identity as a Mexican woman. Most people were captivated by her life stories and how she reflected them in her portraits.
Frida was born in Mexico on July 6, 1907 (Byers, 2007). Although her parents were not of Mexican descent, she associated herself with Mexican culture by wearing traditional Mexican clothes everywhere she traveled (Byers, 2007). Her influence to art came from German artist such as Velazquez, El Grecco, Leonardo Da Vinci and Rembrandt (Dexter,2005). As a teenager, she developed her drawing skills when she became a professional engraver. She started drawing paintings of her hometown with watercolors and eventually oil paints. As she got older, she often painted about her suffering and this is why viewers got so attached to her personal life. However, there was much more to Frida’s paintings than her emotional mindset after certain events th...
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...lf. She was considered an outcast because she would paint about her physical and emotional pain publicly. (Herrera, 1983) Although many did not like it, her openness is what made her influential and important. Frida’s art was more than just her personal pain. She expressed many aspects of the world that others were afraid to speak upon.
She influenced young artists to not be afraid of what people think and to let all your emotions out on the canvas. She believed that at the end of the day, you are painting for yourself not others. It’s either that like it or they do not. Instead of being a doctor like she planned, she made paintings that had people talking for years. Along with confronting herself and the world around her, Herrera would argue, “Kahlo produced some of the most personal and original imagery of the twentieth Century.” (Herrera, 1983).
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