Self-portrait with thorn necklace and hummingbird – Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo was in a tragic accident at a young age leaving her unable to bare children. This would have caused Frida pain and she channelled this pain in her art works. You can see this pain in the artwork in the facial expressions. Kahlo has painted herself staring directly at the audience, so the audience can’t hide from her emotion, it draws them in and almost forces them to make a judgement and feel the emotion of the painting. It would make the audiences question their understanding and provoke them to feel her sadness, her pain. Structural
Frida uses multiple symbols in her artwork that has significant value to her, her culture and her art. For instance the hummingbird, thorn necklace, dragonflies and butterflies are all symbols in her artwork that all have special and unique value to the artwork and Frida. The hummingbird is a symbol of good luck in Mexico and the fact it is portrayed as dead could be a sign of her misfortune. The thorn necklace is a strong reference to her faith in Christianity and it could be said the dragonflies and butterflies are a reference to Christianity as they are both a symbol of resurrection. Frida uses bold colours and animals to balance out her work. The monkey and the cat are strategically placed in a way that balances out her face; the dark colouring of the two animals also contrast against her face and draws you into her expression and eyes that link back to the audience and the way they perceive the work. Cultural
Frida highlights her Mexican culture throughout the art work. Her use of bold colours and symbolism refer back to her Mexican heritage. The hummingbird and mono brow reflect back to her heritage directly. The mono brow was a symbol of feminism but was also the fashion back in Mexico at the time of the artwork.
Frida Kahlo’s artwork doesn’t fall under the framework of the postmodern frame as it...
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