Frida Kahlo's Living With Art

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hen discussing art, it is important to frame each different type of art into a more complex style. Paintings, drawings, sculptures, etc. all share that they are about something in common. When exploring art in human history, many different cultures explore the concept of art in ways of meaning and understanding. A theme “[…] captures and unifies the nature or basis of the experience into a meaningful whole…” (Morgan). In chapter three, of the “Living with Art”, Mark Getlein talks about the list of eight themes in art: the sacred realm, politics and the social order, stories and histories, looking outward: the here and now, looking inward: the human experience, invention and fantasy, the natural world and art and art. Themes create a different…show more content…
She has 143 paintings but about 55 of them are self-portraits that portrays a symbolism of her psychological and physical pains. Her portraits are based on Mexican Culture, hence the bold bright colors and symbolic features. For example, one of her most popular paintings, “The Broken Clock (1944)” shows her in the rawest form. She painted herself naked and was split down the middle. Her spine seems to be shattered and there are nails all over her body. This is a representation of her constant pain and her physical constraints expressed in her art. In “The Wounded Deer (1946)”, Frida Kahlo painted a young deer with her head on it and was stabbed with arrows. The background is a forest of dead trees and broken tree branches; it symbolizes fear. Looking closer into the background, it shows a bright and stormy sky, which symbolizes hope that the deer will never be able to reach. Kahlo’s painting, “Self Portraits with Monkeys (1938)”, shows herself placed at the center of her piece with a busy background. She is dressed in a traditional Mexican dress, with monkeys surrounding her. The two monkeys in the painting seems to be her protectors. Behind her are two more monkeys, who seems to be hiding in the leaves. The monkey is a symbolism of lust but overall, this depicts a creature of its own

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