Ink and watercolor on 9″ x 12″ watercolor paper.
The latest addition to the She Changed the World collection!
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century. As a young woman she was involved in a serious accident, ending her higher education towards a career in medicine. She began focusing on painting, as well as political activism with the Mexican Community Party. It was through the party that she met her future husband, muralist Diego Rivera. Theirs was a volatile relationship involving affairs by both parties, divorce and remarriage. Traveling Mexico and the United States with Rivera, she began to develop her characteristic vibrant style focusing on self-portraits.
Her unmistakeable portraits mixed elements of pre-Columbian and Catholic imagery, creating an alternate yet hyper self-aware world around her self-portraits. Throughout her brief life she was largely overshadowed by her husband and it wasn’t until the 1970’s that her work began to be studied on its own. Over time Frida’s unapologetically Mexican paintings became a source of pride for Mexicans, as well as to feminists and the LGBTQ community due to its intrinsic ability to celebrate beauty of all kinds.