Reviews of Frida Kahlo’s Artwork Herrera, Hayden. Frida: a biography of Frida Kahlo. Harper & Row Publishers. New York: 1983
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“Influenced by Rivera’s work, Kahlo adopted his use of broad, simplified color areas and a deliberately naive style in her paintings.
, she wanted her paintings to affirm her Mexican identity, and she frequently used technical devices and subject matter from Mexican archaeology and folk art. The impact of her work is enhanced by techniques such as the inclusion
of fantastic elements
, a free use of space, and the juxtaposition of incongruous objects.
“Kahlo primarily depicted her personal experience. She frequently focused on the
painful aspects of her life
, using graphic imagery to convey her meaning. The turbulence of her marriage is shown in the weeping and physically injured self-portraits she painted when she felt rejected by Rivera. She portrayed her physical disintegration,
the result of the bus accident
, in such works as ‘The Broken Column’ (1944, Collection of Dolores Olmedo Foundation, Mexico City), in which she wears a metal brace and her body is open to reveal a broken column in place of her spine. Her sorrow over her inability to bear children is revealed in paintings such as ‘Henry Ford Hospital’ (1932, Collection of Dolores Olmedo Foundation), in which
objects that include a baby
, a pelvic bone, and a machine hover around a hospital bed where she lies having a miscarriage.”
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