Frida Kahlo painted her Self-portrait with a velvet dress in 1926. This photo captures that artwork, but Frida painted the photo with oil, copying the painting. This self-portrait, influenced by the work of Parmigianino or Modigliani, is the first professional artwork of the artist. She painted it for her boyfriend then, Alejandro Gómez Arias, who broke up with her. She explained that the sea in the back is a symbol of life.


  • Title: Self-portrait wearing a velvet dress
  • Date: 1926
  • provenance source: Museo Frida Kahlo
  • provenance extent: complete
  • provenance: Part of the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera archives, called Treasures of the Blue House, which were kept in a room for 50 years, since Frida died, and opened in 2004.
  • painter: Frida Kahlo
  • medium source: Museo Frida Kahlo
  • medium extent: complete
  • description source: Museo Frida Kahlo
  • description extent: complete
  • description: Autorretrato con traje de terciopelo
  • Physical Dimensions: w125 x h170 mm (without frame)
  • Type: Photograph
  • External Link: http://www.museofridakahlo.org.mx/
  • Medium: Photography colored with oil by Frida Kahlo

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