Frida Kahlo + Pablo Picasso

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Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907, as Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón. Three years after Kahlo's birth the Mexican Revolution began. This was a major event in Mexican history as well as an influence on much of Kahlo's art. She was a surrealist painter which means that she expressed her deepest feelings and thoughts through her paintings. The public viewed her as a high spirited yet rebellious woman who liked to paint what she knew. Her daily life was reflected into most if not all of her paintings, and she used her painting as an escape to express her emotions. Her unique style has made her one of the most famous Mexican artists of her time. This painting is a self portrait of Frida Kahlo, in two split personalities. The Two Frida's was made in 1939. It is oil on canvas, standing at a height of 5'81/2 square. It is hanging in the Museo de Arte, in Mexico City. There are two Fridas, sitting in adjacent chairs and holding hands, staring back at the viewer. The two Frida's are sitting on a green weaved bench on a brownish smooth floor, and behind them is a painting of blue and gray sky on a wall. The Two Fridas is a self-portrait containing two women that are symbolic of Frida Kahlo. The women have completely different appearances, but are linked in this picture. The women are sitting side-by-side in identical sitting formation. The two are also physically connected through the connected vein. The surroundings and accessories of the women look to be that of separation and each respective woman’s (or physiological side’s) style. The sky behind the women displays a dark and eerie sky. The woman on the left is wearing a formal white European-style dress. The dress is very proper and has the characteristics of sophisticated attire. The dress is very frilly and has an eloquent pattern on the upper portion of the dress. The dress covers the majority of her body and the woman’s skin is paler than that of the second woman. Both attributes listed above point in the direction of a high-class individual. Another high-class and proper property shown by the woman on the left is her hair and make-up. She has very neat and tied down hair. Her make-up is very accurately and crisply put on. Overall, the woman on the left is very presentable in high-class society. The woman on the right has a very different appearance. This woman has on very casual clothing. She seems to wearing a very informal dress with a long, dirty, and green bottom that is hemmed with a white, stained fabric. The dress seems to be very unkempt and unclean. This shows her less formal side. The top is very loose and stylistically sloppy, and it seems to be untidy as well. Her body language is also more relaxed. She doesn’t seem to be wearing a bra in the picture, so maybe her mood is more relaxed. The woman on the right is also holding a small picture in her hand. The picture is so small that the viewer cannot identify it easily. The face of the woman on the right seems to be dirtier that the left as well. The make-up is essentially vacant from her face and she has upper lip hair growing. Another area of sloppiness is the hairline of the woman on the right. The woman on the left, as pointed out earlier, has a very clean and tidy hairstyle/hairline. The woman on the right, however, has a hairline full of array and discombobulation. There also seems to be juxtaposition with the respective circulatory systems. The woman on the left has a heart with exposed damages and impurities and a pair of scissors cutting one of her veins in half. The woman on the right has a very healthy heart and long flowing veins. Both the women’s veins both lead to each one’s respective hands, but each one has a different object in it (the left having the scissors and the right having the picture). The women are not only linked through the connection of the circulatory systems, but are holding hands. Essentially, this is examining what purpose the artist, Frida Kahlo, has in the details or...
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