Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Frida Kahlo artist and style icon

"Surrealism is the magical surprise of finding a lion in a wardrobe 
where you were sure of finding shirts." 
Frida Kahlo

Undoubtedly there is a myth about Frida Kahlo who seems to be an inspiration for many, partly because of her work, but also because of her unconventional life and experiences of pain and disease. In her work which consists of many self-portraits, she let us take part in her emotions and struggles in life. Though her works also deals with social and political problems. As a convinced Marxist, she expressed her hopes and opinions also in her work, as for example "El Dara marxismo salud a los enfermos" (Marxism will bring cure to the ill) from 1954.

      self-portrait, dedicated to Dr. Eloesser, 1940  
self-portrait with thorn necklace, 1940

She was a strong woman, a passionate revolutionist and patriot which can be also seen in her clothing style, as she dressed and made her hair up in traditional way. With her style and the self-made jewelry, she emphasized her indigenous background which still today is rather uncommon in mexican society, but seems so natural for a woman who made herself three years younger, not for vanity, but because she wanted her life to begin with the birth of a free Mexico. 

Frida Kahlo working on her painting "The two Fridas", 1939
Her work is inspired by the Pre-Columbian Mexican art of the Aztec and Maya and she reflects the history of European art as well. One can also find surrealistic influences though she strongly rejected those. 

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