Frida Kahlo, Revolutionary Mestizo and Feminist Artist (Museum Tour)

The Portland Artwork Museum (PAM) in Portland, Oregon had a particular exhibit on Mexican Modernism. Based on the show:

Mexicanism, a political and populist motion that developed within the wake of the revolution, mixed agrarian and indigenous traditions with the anti-colonial sentiment that fought for independence from Spain 100 years earlier. As key members of the revolutionary motion, the artists captured this imaginative and prescient in murals, work, prints and images.”

Relating to Mexican Modernism artists:

“They experimented with fashion and imagery and actively contributed to the creation of narratives that join Indigenous and mestizo cultures to the founding of the brand new fashionable nation. Conscious of the worldwide modernism motion—which emphasised innovation in kind, an inclination towards abstraction, and an emphasis on supplies and processes—Mexican modernists turned to historic artworks as fashions for abstraction and as guides to figurative realism.”

One of many key leaders of the Mexican Modernism artwork motion was Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). Kahlo was of blended descent: her father was German and her mom was Spanish and an indigenous Tehuana from Oaxaca, Mexico. Based on the Museum exposition:

“The Tehantepec area was matrilineal and girls held energy with households, society and {the marketplace}. Kahlo celebrated this different to the Mexican patriarchal system and consciously constructed a mestizo personally by means of hairstyles and clothes decisions. She created a mixed identification, concurrently appropriating and reclaiming her cultures by pairing Spanish colonial and conventional jewellery. civil blouses or Chanel high fashion with an indigenous jade necklace.”

Based on WFP:

“In the present day we admire Kahlo as a revolutionary and feminist artist, however her power grew by means of bodily and emotional adversity. She lived with the lingering results of childhood polio and in 1925 narrowly escaped loss of life in a horrific bus accident that shattered her pelvis and backbone. Throughout her lengthy convalescence, artwork turned an avenue for survival and self-expression. The tough circumstances of her well being and incapacity instilled in her a willpower.”

Based on WFP:

“On account of accidents sustained in a bus accident, Kahlo was unable to have youngsters and fulfill the normal function of the Mexican lady: to be a very good spouse and mom. She defied gender expectations and located resilience dwelling an impartial life as an artist and activist.”

Self portraits

Present above is Self portrait with necklace1933, oil on steel.

Based on the show:

“Kahlo made a number of small work on steel, referencing the ex-voto custom that dates again to seventeenth century Mexico. Such votive choices are sometimes related to people artwork, created to thank deities for favors or miracles.”

Present above is Self-portrait on the mattress1937, oil on steel.
Present above is Self portrait with purple and gold costume1941, oil on canvas.
Present above is Self portrait with braid1941, oil on canvas.
Present above is Self portrait with monkeys1943, oil on canvas.

The artwork

Present above is Portrait of Diego Rivera1937, oil on masonite.

Present above is No title1932, lithograph.
Present above is Portrait of Arcady Boytler1947, pencil on paper.
Present above is No title1932, lithograph.
Present above is Collage with two flies1953, collage and watercolor on cardboard
Present above is Letter1943, coloured ink on paper.
Present above is Chromophore, Auxochrome1944, printed and ink.
Present above is Foot drawingnd, coloured pencil and graphite on paper.
Present above is 11:25 (Track III)1946, sepia ink on paper.
Present above is Masks (Carma I)1946, sepia ink on paper.
Present above is The bride who will get scared when she sees life open1943, oil on canvas.
Present above is Loving embrace of the Universe, Earth (Mexico), Me, Diego and Señor Xolod1949.



Based on the Museum exposition:

“Frida Kahlo wore a particular and vibrant wardrobe, intently linked to her identification, each culturally and artistically. Derived from conventional clothes in Mexico, Kahlo’s garments celebrated her cultural and historic connections.”


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