In many of her self-portraits Frida is accompanied by her favorite animals, which substitute the children she never had. Sometimes they are spider monkeys, parrots, or dogs. Such is the case of this Self-Portrait with Small Monkey (1945), which depicts Frida in three-quarter profile, with the attire and hairstyle of the indigenous women of southeastern Mexico. She is intertwined with Señor Xolotl, as she called her Mexican hairless dog, while behind her, at the right, a spider monkey stares at the viewer. On the other side there is a pre-Hispanic idol. One end of the ribbon that intertwines all of the figures surrounds Frida’s signature, while the other is wound around a nail piercing the beige clouds that form the background of the painting.


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