The Two Fridas by Frida Kahlo (1939)

A superb post about the great Frida Kahlo.

The Squirrel Review

On the 17th of September, at just 18, Frida Kahlo found herself immobilized in hospital. She had been placed in a cast in order to secure the many injuries and fractures she received in a traumatic bus accident. Frida, forced to remain still for three months, discoverers painting. Bound to her bed for days on end, her parents formed a structure around her bed, placing a mirror as her roof. In this way, she became her own subject. This of course, gives great enlightenment as to why of her approximately one hundred and forty paintings, fifty-five of them are auto portraits. Here, we look at one of the most famous renditions of herself – The Two Fridas.

In her self-portraiture, Kahlo often examined a dialectic vision of the self, contemplating the disparities and differences found within an individual. Naturally, this deep personal reflection often led Kahlo to painting subject matter that was profoundly private. The Two Fridas perfectly highlights this…

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3 thoughts on “The Two Fridas by Frida Kahlo (1939)

  1. kathryningrid

    I find Frida’s story and persona simultaneously full of pathos and wonderfully creepy. A unique person in the true sense of the word; endlessly provocative by nature and by design. I never understood why so many found her so fabulously attractive until I recognized that it was far more than skin deep, and something she cultivated intensely her whole life in order to achieve and maintain the Baroque, or perhaps Byzantine, character she created for her self and her story.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      I think that Frida Karlo is someone we come to understand more as we get older…..As a child, I found her image quite frightening – as an adult I think she is magnificent to look at:) I often think about her pain and suffering – she is a reminder that the creative process can not only continue during such periods, but also be enhanced. Again, thank you for your wonderful comment.


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