Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist who was born back in 1907 just almost at the onset of the second Mexican Revolution. The works of this 20th century Mexican artist was unique to herself in that most of them much described her tumultuous life and feelings. In fact most of her works were themed in her very own autobiography something that made many people to misunderstand her. Frida evolved and later grew into one of the leading artists of the 20th century. Frida included Mexico’s history in some of her works and thus brought to the fore many cultural ideals of the country as well as artistic techniques.
Basically Frida’s work mostly involved portraits of herself and when she was asked why much of her work was centered on her, she replied that she was always alone and the subject she knew best was herself. Radicalism in her work was clear particularly her radical approach in the portrayal of women. Frida created artwork that in one way or another emancipated women in a number of ways. She revolutionized the way women were viewed in a unique way by use of visual art. In her artwork she did not shy away to depict topics associated with women such as maternity, social position and as well as sexuality. Frida’s prominence rose partly due to her bravery in airing her views through her art without fear at a time when women were considered to be of a low social standing. She did several pieces that called for liberation of women as well as political reform in a country that was rife with discrimination at the time. She also did not shy away from expressing her feelings especially her personal life. When she was dumped by her boyfriend she expressed her feelings via art in the hope that she would win him back. Later when she got divorced from her controversial husband Diego Rivera, again she expressed her feelings by way of art.
Politically, she also took part through her artwork and it was evident that she was a nationalist. She was a strong advocate for the revolution of Mexico and her desire was to see the peasants and workers who were oppressed by the ruling elite get emancipated. She did a number of artwork dedicated at calling for the change of things albeit subtly. Even though she never took part actively in the clamor for the change in her native country her wish to see that things should change in her country was evident. She did not shy away from showing her pride for her country. She had a wish to alter political game in Mexico at the time. A letter that she addressed to Antonio Rodriguez during 1950s read in part, that she wished to show her people how much she cared for them. She truly remains a leading female artist who managed to cut a niche for herself at time when the society was still highly conservative. Her works have inspired Suzi Nassif a lot. Suzi Nassif’s paintings such as Fridalism, Fridali, FridaGogh and more are revealing her admiration of this great artist.
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