Frida Kahlo: Realism And Aesthetics

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A. Introduction:

Art and Literature for the longest have been the torchbearer for change in society. Both are synonymous to each other as they have long been mediums of expression. From the late 17th and early 18th Century saw the advent and use of the word ‘Autobiography’ with varied meanings such as self-justification, self critical analysis and evolving to the stage of self-documentation or memoir. Autobiographies are in their truest meaning ‘memoirs of a person’s life’.

Aesthetics is the language of an Art work. Artists have used these aesthetics on canvases to portray inner emotions, ideas, expressions. They portray not just what the naked eye can see, rather what the soul can feel and perceive. Each of these art works portrays a different
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She painted using vibrant colours in a style that was influenced by her native Mexican culture as well as by European influences that include Realism, Symbolism, and Surrealism. Many of her works are self-portraits. These self portraits were her way of expressing different phases of her life. Her self-portraits were like chapters of an Autobiography, each telling a story or incident of her life, each portrait unique and symbolising some point of her life. One of her most famous quotes is, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best." (Frida Kahlo,…show more content…
Frida seems to be dressed up with hairclips at the same time instead of jewellery one sees a thorn necklace on a white dress. On the left side one can see a monkey holding a piece of the thorn necklace with few drops of blood on the dress and a Black cat on the right gazing straight into the eyes of the viewer. Instead of a pendant one sees a black hummingbird. The hummingbird although is suppose to be a colourful and cheerful bird is portrayed as black and lifeless. This symbolism points to the fact that although Frida was herself quiet recognised and was married to a famous painter, the pains and turmoils she went through in her life left her alone and wounded from the inside. The idea of being hurt and tied down is clearly felt, alongwith the expression on her face portraying that she was still enduring the pain. The elements of a monkey, a Black cat in the background convey a non realistic scene. Although Frida had monkeys as pets but this self portrait is portraying the loneliness she felt in this big world where she was appreciated for her work yet loved by

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