Guest Post Famous Woman Artist Frida Kahlo
The Art of Self-PortraitureFrida Kahlo is best known for her self-portraits. She began painting after a car accident forced her into long periods of physical immobilization. Kahlo used a specialized easel that allowed her to paint in bed, and she chose herself as her main subject since she was so often alone. Her self-portraits follow Italian Renaissance ideals of an elongated neck and slender face. Kahlo is praised by modern Feminists for her resolute depictions of herself and her real experience as a woman. She painted the world as she saw it, never conforming to male ideas of how a woman "should" act or look.
|The artist, Frida Kahlo, shot by Guillermo Kahlo (1932)|
|Self Portrait with Monkey (1938)|
Samples of Her Artwork
|Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940)|
Short PBS Documentary on Frida Kahlo:
"Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing."
|The Two Fridas (1939)|
Current Exhibitions of Frida Kahlo's Paintings Around the World:
- (Upcoming) The Complete Frida Kahlo: Her Paintings, Her Life, Her Story; South Shore Arts; Munster, Indiana; November 16, 2014 - January 25, 2015
- Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird; Harry Ransom Center; Austin Texas; September 4, 2014 - March 31, 2015
- Frida Kahlo Collection at the MoMA; New York; Always on view