Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo: "The Two Fridas"

Description: "The Two Fridas" is a double self-portrait, with two versions of the artist sitting side-by-side and staring out of the painting with a guarded and sad expression. On both figures, their hearts are visible outside of their clothes; the figure on the left, wearing white, holds a pair of scissors which have cut one of the long, rope-like veins which tie the two hearts together.

Historical Influences: Frida Kahlo lived during the time just after the Mexican Revolution, when Mexico was in a state of turmoil and unrest. She herself was very active in political groups as a student. The political climate of Mexico during her life influenced many of her paintings, which convey a sense of conflict. "The Two Fridas" could even symbolize two different Fridas, or two different Mexicos: one before the revolution, and one after.

At the time "The Two Fridas" was painted, Frida Kahlo was experiencing a painful divorce from husband Diego Rivera (also an artist, and notorious for infidelity). Many believe this painting to be a representation of the pain of that experience. Like the idea of the Mexican Revolution being a violent event that created two Mexicos, Frida Kahlo's divorce was a traumatic event that created two Fridas -- one with a bleeding, wounded heart, that separated her from her former self.

Why this piece is important: Friday Kahlo was known for paintings that were both interesting and hard to look at; usually, her paintings had elements of incredible beauty and frightening, gruesome surrealism. This painting portrays loneliness, longing, and feeling ripped in two after something painful has happened.

Coyoacan, Mexico

"I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality."--Friday Kahlo

Works Cited “Frida Kahlo: Profile.” Biography. A&E Publisher Networks, n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. .“The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo.” PBS. WETA, 20 June 2005. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. .


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