Frida Essay

859 words - 4 pages

(My Grandparents, My Parents and Me)
Frida Kahlo De Rivera
30.7 x 34.5 cm
Oil and tempera on metal

Frida Kahlo de Rivera, originally name Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón (1907-1954) was born in Coyocoán, Mexico City, Mexico and to this day is considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists of all time. Frida Kahlo began painting after a fatal bus accident at the age of 18 changing her life dramatically leading to spinal and internal injuries, causing the loss and movement of mobility of her right leg and infertility; leading to a lifetime of chronic pain. Frida Kahlo put her emotions into each of her paintings, and as it were, she ...view middle of the document...

The fetus in her mother's womb seems to be a representation of Frida before birth and below she painted the fertilization of an egg indicating the very beginning of her life at conception.

Frida also holds a red ribbon that leads to her Grandparents creating a unity of the image. Her maternal Grandparents are to the left over the mountainous Mexican landscape and a nopal cactus, which is in symbolic form on the Mexican flag. Her father's parents, of German ancestry, are positioned over the sea, which may be indicating their European origin.

Also in the painting, Frida paints herself with her signature single eyebrow, which it appears she inherited from her father's mother.

The painting was created with Oil and tempera on a 30.7 x 34.5 cm metal Panel. The medium of painting has been used traditionally in its character and in a detailed manner. It has been meticulously painted with care and precision although in some areas rougher strokes may have been used. Frida has used colour graduations to show texture and detail through the family’s skin, clothes and surfaces of the house. Throughout this piece she has consisted of a combination and juxtapositions of complementary colors produce harmonious color interactions whilst also demonstrated a vast amount of the design elements with the most significant elements being texture (examples relating in the sense of the ground, soil and water) and tone (examples...

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