Frida Kahlo by Fatima Malo Torres Trueba

On Friday, November 11, Emerson’s Latino organization AMIGOS took a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts to see the Frida Kahlo exhibition. Even though the exhibition was somewhat small, it made me really happy to see a piece of Latin culture in Boston.

 

The exhibition is called “Kahlo and Her Circle,” and it’s part of a larger exhibition called “Making Modern.”

From all the pieces that were exhibited at the exhibition, I think that the one that represented Frida’s art the best is her painting Dos Mujeres (Two Women), which resembles many of the portraits that she did throughout her life. I was expecting to see more of these types of paintings, because they showcase Frida’s art really well. Moreover, these paintings make justice to the great artist that Frida was. Her paintings are full of personal meaning and that’s what makes them so powerful, but to know this, you would have to know a little bit about her life. So in light of that, and just to introduce a bit of Latino culture to my readers, I would like to give you a little background about Frida.

 

She learned how to paint after she suffered a serious accident in which not only did she break her spine and her pelvis, but it also weakened her health for the rest of her life and forced her to have several surgeries during the rest of her life. She couldn’t move for a while after the accident, so she painted a lot during this time, using a mirror and an easel that was specially fabricated for her. A few years after, she married famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera. A few years after she got pregnant twice and lost the baby both times because of the damaged pelvis. These incidents inspired two of her most valued works: Henry Ford Hospital and El Aborto (The Abortion). Her portraits are equally valued, the most famous ones being Autorretrato con Monos (Self-Portrait with Monkeys) and Las dos Fridas (The Two Fridas). She often highlighted Mexican culture in her paintings, and one example of this is her painting Autorretrato – El Marco (Self-Portrait – The Framework). She also did a lot of “ex-votos,” which are offerings to a saint or divinity that are given in gratitude or devotion. Her most famous ex-voto is her painting Retablo (Altarpiece), in which she thanks the virgin Dolores for saving her from the 1925 accident. And finally, a lot of her paintings were also inspired by her romantic life, one of them being Recuerdo El Corazón (Memory The Heart).

Self Portrait with Monkeys

Self Portrait with Monkeys

I find Frida’s art beautiful and unique, and I definitely think she is under appreciated as an artist. Her art represents Latino culture and Latino art in a beautiful way, and she’s a great example of a talented and successful Latina artist. I’m glad the Museum of Fine Arts is introducing their visitors to Frida, and I hope that with the exhibition and with this article people can learn a bit more about Mexican culture.

 

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