“Art can be an expression of personal experience”
Discuss this statement in reference to the life of Frida Kahlo. Frida Kahlo was described as “the first woman in the history of art to address with absolute and uncompromising honesty, general and specific themes which exclusively affect women” by life-long lover, Diego Rivera. As a Mexican female artist in the 20th century, Frida’s themes expressed in her artworks were considered highly explicit at the time. She was fine artist who used autobiographical through her extensive output of self-portraits. They are evidence of her need for self-expression and her exploration of identity. She overcame many difficult events including polio, long recovery from a serious car accident, two failed marriages, and several miscarriages some having a direct influence on her art. She used these experiences, combined with Mexican and Native American cultural and stylistic influences, to create highly personal paintings. Kahlo used personal symbolism mixed with Surrealism to express her suffering and anguish through her work. A viewer might classify her paintings as Surrealism, but she considered her art to be realistic. In reference to the statement “art can be an expression of personal experience”, Kahlo has produced a plethora of artworks which express her personal experience. Kahlo’s many works from 1926 until her death in 1954 were each a response to an event, personal experience or the result of her own personal exploration into her heritage or identity. On September 17th, 1925 one single event changed Kahlo’s entire future. She was injured in a collision of a tram and a bus in which she suffered serious injuries in the accident, including a broken spinal column, a broken collarbone, broken ribs, a broken pelvis, eleven fractures in her right leg, a crushed and dislocated right foot, and a dislocated shoulder. An iron handrail pierced her abdomen and her uterus, which seriously damaged her reproductive...
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