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Self-Portrait With Thorn Necklace And Hummingbird Analysis

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Jennifer Mercado
Art B37
Surrealism started in the 20th century and sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind. Surrealism was a movement that focused on expression, experiences and the artist 's imagination. Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird is a painting that has a bit of surreal influences and was created by artist Frida Kahlo in 1940. The painting depicts herself entwined with thorny branches and surrounded by different animals with a leafy backdrop. Surrealism was one of the styles often used by Frida Kahlo. Although she detests surrealism, her work was influenced by surrealism and had an enormous impact on Latin American art.
European art movements have always influenced Latin America and inspired
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Her self-portraits showed the ways she expressed herself and her pain. Frida was not a stranger to pain since she spent her whole life dealing with both physical and emotional traumas. She suffered from polio as a child and was involved in a bus accident during her teen years. During the accident, she was impaled by a steel bar. The injury caused Frida to be infertile and she had to have multiple surgeries over the rest of her life. Both living with polio and the injury from the bus accident caused Frida physical pain throughout the years. She also experienced emotional pain especially during her troublesome marriage with Diego Rivera, who was also a famous painter. Both Frida and Diego were constantly unfaithful to each…show more content…
The animals in the painting that are beside Kahlo both seem to represent something. The monkey on the left looks unaffected by the situation that she is in and plays with the thorn branch. The cat on the right looks a bit agitated, with its arched back and its ears which are flattened back. The cat looks like its staring at her and maybe at the thorns too. It sees the branches piercing into her skin, focusing on the wound and aware of the situation. The cat seems to be focusing on the pain Frida is feeling from the branches. Having these animals beside brings contrast, they are dark compared to her clothes which are bright. This contrast brings the observer’s eyes onto her to make it the main focal
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