Frida Kahlo

Hello everyone! I know this current state of the world is causing mass chaos but I though it’d be nice to take some time and not focus on the negative. One of my favorite pastimes over this quarantine has been researching and taking virtual tours of museums online. I found that having an outlet where I can escape and still learn more about art allows me to still feel as though I am out exploring the world. One museum in particular that I had taken a virtual tour of is Museo Dolores Olmedo in Xochimilco, Mexico. The museum currently has an exhibit on display of the amazing Frida Kahlo.

I have always admired and appreicated the work of Frida Kahlo. She is predominately known for her portraits, self-portraits and still lives. Her work lives on as a representation of the Mexican art world. In many of Frida’s self portraits, she is depicted wearing a crown. She would often do this to portray the queen she saw within herself.

Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940

Frida was an artist that had to overcome many obstacles. At a young age she was diagnosed with polio, which left her with a limp for the rest of her life. To cover up her right leg, which was much smaller than the left due to the polio, she wore long skirts. These skirts can be seen in many of her self portraits. Unfortunately, Frida was also in a terrible bus accident which left her injured so badly that she had to stay at the Red Cross Hospital in Mexico City for many weeks until her recovery. It was during this time that Frida became very bored with herself, that she started painting while in the hospital bed. She was unable to sit upright due to her plaster cast, so she started painting to pass the time. Her family even had a special easel made for her to use to make paining in bed easier. One painting that came out of her hospital stay is a self portrait.

Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress, 1926

I like to think that in some way we can all relate to the boredom that Frida had to endure during her long recovery in the hospital, at this time. I know for myself that I am using this time to work on my portfolio and create whenever I get the chance. I am using this time as a self-reflection to look in on what I am feeling and enduring and put it on paper. I wish you all good health during this pandemic, and please remember to socially distance yourself.

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