Frida Kahlo through the Eyes of Other Artists

Colección Blaisten

Today, Frida Kahlo is known around the world, and artists have always been drawn to her image. This exhibition includes some examples of the ways in which Frida has been an icon of the art world, portrayed by several artists.

Frida: From Artist to Iconic Image
Frida Kahlo has become an icon of battle-hardened women, modernity, and "mexicanidad" (Mexican identity). Since Kahlo's time, many artists have attempted to pay tribute to her.

Rosa Rolanda, the American dancer, choreographer, and painter, was one of Frida's close friends.

In this painting she depicts her as a doll.

Diego Rivera painted his beloved Frida as a heart with blood spilling from its veins. The blood becomes plants whose roots resemble the map of Mexico, the land that Frida loved and where she was born.

Frida's unibrow is a constant feature in his tributes.

The necklace of thorns, symbolizing perpetual torture, recalls her tragic life.

Francisco Ochoa painted Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and María Felix. This composition is an allegory of "mexicanidad" (Mexican identity): a nation of artists flanked by powerful, intelligent, and influential women.

Carlos Guerrero portrays her as a saint: a cult icon.

Frida is also depicted in an allusion to the symbol of the Communist Party, as she was a member and a staunch defender of the movement.

Credits: Story

Texts and selection of work: Renata Blaisten

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