Frida Kahlo: The Wonders behind the Tragedies
Mr. Randall Scott
Session: May 2014
Word Count: 3,829
Miscarriages, betrayal, sickness, and relationships all assist in forming the damaged, difficult life Frida Kahlo survived through her art. Upon encountering the harsh experiences she went through, Kahlo would use art as her escape and as a means to express her feelings. This research was conducted to reflect and discuss the in depth symbolism Frida Kahlo used in her paintings as a way of overcoming the experiences she endured in throughout her life. Over time, how effective was Frida Kahlo in displaying her life experiences and her emotions connected with them in her artwork through her use of symbolism?
Throughout this research, the sources used range from scholarly databases to detailed, educational fan sites and informative books. From the NYU School of Medicine, Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database, commentary from various trusted sources was presented alongside detailed descriptions and thorough analyses that helped in piecing together the evidence in this paper. Additionally, from the personal interview of Victor Zamudio-Taylor with PBS, an insight into the perspective of a Frida Kahlo fan was found. By dividing the sources throughout the essay among the different time periods, the rise and fall of Frida Kahlo’s emotions and life is discussed. Using chronological order made the organization and understanding clearer, as in it was a mini biography of her life through her paintings.
Overall, through the extensive research and in depth analysis of Frida Kahlo’s artwork and its connection to her life experiences, Kahlo carefully developed each painting of hers to represent a significant event or feeling in her life. All in all, Kahlo and her artwork is now more treasured and appreciated for her use of symbolism.
Word Count: 274
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Birth of Greatness
Kahlo and the 1930’s
Kahlo and the 1940’s
Not so Kahlo and the Late 1940’s
Kahlo and the 1950’s
A Legacy Concluded
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them,” expressed William Shakespeare. (G) Shakespeare knew not of Frida Kahlo when he made this statement, yet he wholly describes her by declaring this. For a woman who faced many hardships during her lifetime, she was not born one of the greatest Mexican painters of all time, but had it thrust upon her. She overcame the obstacles and struggles of her life by turning to art, as shown in her numerous famous paintings. Kahlo goes through many different problems in life and shares her feelings through her works of art. Overtime, how effective is Frida Kahlo in displaying her life experiences and her emotions connected with them in her artwork through her use of symbolism? (GQ) Frida Kahlo portrays her life experiences throughout her artwork and the emotions connected with them using symbolism of people, color, and objects (C) in her paintings created in the 1930’s to the 1950’s. (O) Overtime, Frida Kahlo tries to make the best of her disadvantages and tribulations occurring in her life. Throughout her lifetime, she endured more than 30 operations and many betrayals, which allowed her to become familiar with the word “pain.” Through her paintings, she shares her experiences of pain with others as a way of connecting with them and creating bonds. In the long run, Kahlo copes in a way that could be shared with the whole world: Artwork. (S)
Birth of Greatness
Born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón on July 6, 1907, in Coyocoán, Mexico City, Mexico, Frida Kahlo enjoyed life in her family’s “Blue...
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Zamudio Taylor, Victor
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