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The Flower of Life

Frida Kahlo1944

Museo Dolores Olmedo

Museo Dolores Olmedo

In Flower of Life, Frida represented her obsession with fertility. The red flower, which appears amidst leaves of the same color, is nothing less than a representation of the male and female sexual organs at the moment of coitus. An internal explosion projects a spray of golden points, which represents the sperm, springing from the center of the flower. On the left there is a bolt of lightning that adds intensity to the scene, and on the right a sun that has been interpreted as a symbol of the ovule awaiting fertilization.

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