Monday, April 4, 2011

Frida's Place - Homage to Frida Kahlo by k Madison Moore Pennsylvania Artist

Frida''s Place- Homage to Frida Kahlo 

11 x 14 Oil painting on canvas

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I always enjoy reading the bio's of artists. I think Frida's bio is one of the most interesting of all.
She was determined to paint, even if she had to do it in bed, hence the bed in this painting.
She painted herself more than any other subject as she knew herself the best.... interesting. 
Frida loved monkey's and birds so I wanted to fill her Mexican style room with parrots everywhere.

Frida was riding in a bus when the vehicle collided with a trolley car. She suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident, including a broken spinal column, a broken collarbone, broken ribs, a broken pelvis eleven fractures in her right leg, a crushed and dislocated right foot, and a dislocated shoulder. Also, an iron handrail pierced her abdomen and her uterus,which seriously damaged her reproductive ability.
Her mother had a special easel made for her so she could paint in bed, and her father lent her his box of oil paints and some brushes.
Using personal experiences, including her marriage, her miscarriages, and her numerous operations, Kahlo's works are often characterized by their suggestions of pain.

Frida's Bed

Frida Painting Diego Rivera Portrait

Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954; born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a  Mexican painter, born in Covoacan and perhaps best known for her self-portraits.
Kahlo's life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. She gave her birth date as July 7, 1910, but her birth certificate shows July 6, 1907. Kahlo had allegedly wanted the year of her birth to coincide with the year of the beginning of the Mexican revolution so that her life would begin with the birth of modern Mexico. At age 6 years, Frida developed polio, which caused her right leg to appear much thinner than the other. It was to remain that way permanently. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.
Mexican culture and Amerindiancultural tradition are important in her work, which has been sometimes characterized as Native art or folk art Her work has also been described as "surrealist", and during 1938 one surrealist described Kahlo as a "ribbon around a bomb".
Kahlo had a marriage with the famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera.As a young artist, Kahlo communicated with the Mexican painter, Diego Rivera,  whose work she admired, asking him for advice about pursuing art as a career. He recognized her talent. He encouraged her artistic development and also began an intimate relationship with Frida. They were married during 1929, despite the disapproval of Frida's mother.
Their marriage was often troubled. Kahlo and Rivera both had irritable temperaments and numerous extramarital affairs. The couple divorced during November 1939, but remarried during December 1940. Their second marriage was as troubled as the first. Their living quarters were often separate, although sometimes adjacent.
She suffered lifelong health problems, many of which derived from a traffic accident during her teenage years. These issues are perhaps represented by her works, many of which are self-portraits of one sort or another. Kahlo suggested, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best."She also stated, "I was born a bitch. I was born a painter.

During her lifetime, Frida created some 200 paintings, drawings and sketches related to her experiences in life, physical and emotional pain and her turbulent relationship with Diego. She produced 143 paintings, 55 of which are self-portraits. When asked why she painted so many self-portraits, Frida replied: "Because I am so often alone....because I am the subject I know best."

In 1953, when Frida Kahlo had her first solo exhibition in Mexico (the only one held in her native country during her lifetime), a local critic wrote:

Today, more than half a century after her death, her paintings fetch more money than any other female artist. A visit to the Museo Frida Kahlo is like taking a step back in time. All of her personal affects are displayed throughout the house and everything seems to be just as she left it. One gets the feeling that she still lives there but has just briefly stepped out to allow you to tour her private sanctuary. She is gone now but her legacy will live on forever….

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Read all about Frida Here

Scroll down the article to see photos
of La Casa Azul - Fridas home

Frida's Paintings, Works, Photos Drawings, Sketches


padmaja said...

I amazed at the amount of details you have achieved on a 11 by 14! Magical!

k Madison Moore said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and you nice comments all the time Padmaja.

Mary said...

Wonderful, I'm just so in love with these with all the birds!!!

k Madison Moore said...

It's funny you say that as I ws thinking about you when I was painting them!

Sue Roselli said...

I love this tribute to Frieda!!!!

k Madison Moore said...

Thanks so much for everything Sue. Enjoy!
M :)

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