Below is a short biography of the artist Frida Kahlo.
After reading about her life, I visited the website below and studied another painting of hers.
I analyzed the painting by applying psychoanalytic concepts to it.
I tried to describe the concepts I saw represented in the painting.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think of the painting too.
Kahlo contracted polio at age six, which left her right leg thinner than the left. To disguise the disfigurement, she began wearing her now famous long skirts. It has been conjectured that she also suffered from spina bifida, a congenital disease that could have affected both spinal and leg development.
As a girl, she participated in boxing and other sports. In 1922, Kahlo was enrolled in the Preparatoria, one of Mexico's premier schools, where she was one of only thirty-five girls. Kahlo joined a gang at the school and fell in love with the leader, Alejandro Gomez Arias. During this period, Kahlo also witnessed violent armed struggles in the streets of Mexico City as the Mexican Revolution continued.
On September 17, 1925, Kahlo was riding in a bus when the vehicle collided with a trolley car. 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 ability. Although she recovered from her injuries and eventually regained her ability to walk, she was plagued by relapses of extreme pain for the remainder of her life. The pain was intense and often left her confined to a hospital or bedridden for months at a time. She underwent as many as thirty-five operations as a result of the accident, mainly on her back, her right leg and her right foot.
Painting for Analysis