Monday, March 16, 2009

Artist of the Week

Frida Khalo

Self-portraits



Roots

Self-Portrait with the Portrait of Doctor Farill
1951



The Two Fridas



Some Interesting Frida Khalo links:

"I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best."
Frida Khalo

A link to the exhibit I saw at the Tate in 2005
Tate Modern
Explore The Blue House by either clicking on the text or the blue house


Archival film of Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera
Tate Modern

Photographs of Frida Khalo and Diego Riveira


Still-Lifes

20 comments:

  1. Weird, but it is oddly captivating.

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  2. FRIDA! My favorite painter and my inspiration. Great post!

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  3. I had never really noticed how disturbing her work is.

    Sensory overload right now…

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  4. Oh, I have been waiting for this post!!!

    Frida is my favorite artist and inspiration...what a wonderful post this morning and inspiration for me in a trying time...thank you dearie, I love you.
    xoxox

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  5. Love these, though I agree with Kay - they don't make you happy or content when you view them. They are a bit disconcerting in their honesty and approach.

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  6. Just saw a PBS show on her.
    Isn't the blue house picture lovely!

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  7. When I discovered Friday, I was probably a sophomore in high school. I liked the way she painted but I found the subject matter too disturbing, as Kay and Lisa and Kenju mentioned. I thought she must have been mad but I didn't want to know more about her. It wouldn't be until much later that I, along with many others, became fascinated with her life; her story.

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  8. This may be the most amazing tribute you've ever done, Gurrrl.

    Yes, her work is disturbing, but only in the way that a life truly examined is bound to be disturbing. Nowhere else have I ever seen such honesty applied to a canvas.

    And your choices to represent her vision elicit an appreciation in me far beyond the words at my disposal to express it.

    Kudos, Gina, and then some!

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  9. I meant Frida, not Friday, as you probably guessed :-)

    I forgot to give you the title of the first still life:

    La novia que espanta de ver la vida abierta

    the bride who is horrified to see life open

    Linda: I thought you of especially when I put together this post. I love you too, you have the dearest heart. Khalo and Van Gogh are the the only two artists whose work seen in real life, made me cry.

    Flor: I just discovered Etsy. I love your shop and the blog. You make such lovely things. I still really want that box but I'm pinching pennies right now.

    Lisa: honesty, yes and a great deal of passion; with that comes drama. I think that's one aspect of the fascination with her as a personality.

    CR: Why, thank you, kind sir. I freaking love the holes in that watermelon!! :-)

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  10. Hi... I went to see the Kahlo exhibition at the Tate just before moving here to Mexico City... have taken many visitors to the Blue House and last year they had a woinderful retrospective of her work here in DF...thanks for putting so many lovely images together...

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  11. Catherine: hi and welcome. I love your blog. So glad to have discovered you. Mexico, New Mexico, the dessert - I've never been and long to. I did go to London though, for 12 glorious days. My favorite city so far. Even more than what I remember of Paris as a little kid. But I guess that doesn't really count!

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  12. I read somewhere that when Frida died she'd instructed that she be sent into the flames wearing her jewelry and without being encoffined. As the table moved toward the open furnace she sat straight up at the first blast of heat. The story may be apocryphal but it's one I like to believe.. and as someone who's spent a lot of time in hospitals I know of people who've witnessed the muscle spasms of the recently deceased.

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  13. Susan: I think I've heard of this and I too would like to think it's true. Makes me want to go to Mexico, where the vast majority of her work is exhibited. What treasurse they have in Frida and Diego Rivera.

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  14. after reading the rest of these comments, secreted away, in the middle of the night...I am in even more awe of my beloved Frida....there is something about her that speaks so deeply inside my heart....

    she lives in there, softly stirring my soul.

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  15. Almost no need to comment. It speaks by itself, no ? We just have to know her life to understand the pain.

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  16. yay, Frida was /is my absolute favorite artist!

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  17. She was a master at her craft, for certain.

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  18. This is an utterly fascinating artist. I've always loved surrealism, and Kahlo had a unique take on it.

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  19. She was amazing, but the level of self-obsession in (most of) her paintings always leaves me feeling rather exhausted...

    [But the movie was great, too. The tango between Salma Hayek (as Frida) and Ashley Judd is one of the sexiest things ever filmed! ;-D]

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  20. It's so obvious in her art how much she suffered...

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