With the Magazine placing the spotlight on self-portraits this month, we simply cannot ignore the spectacular works of Frida Kahlo, the renowned Mexican painter celebrated for her soulful self-portraits. Learn more about the artist and view some of her works after the jump.
“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.”
When it comes to self-portraits, one can never discount the works of celebrated Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. While she did not intend to become a painter, several events led her to become a self-taught artist, the most notable being the September 1925 accident which caused her to sustain several serious injuries. She spent three months recuperating while wearing a full body cast. It was during this time that she began painting to pass the time, most of her creations being self-portraits. “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best,” the self-taught artist once said.
Kahlo’s paintings depict her personal experiences and tragedies—the numerous operations she had to go through after the accident, her tumultuous marriage to fellow artist Diego Rivera, and miscarriages. Created with a hint of surrealism, these portraits of pain and passion also had elements of Mexican culture and tradition, as evidenced by the vibrant hues that oppose her themes of agony.
But, rather than describing her works, it’s best to let some of her finest and most powerful self-portraits do the talking:
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