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Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Necklace” Canvas Oil Painting Reproductions Art

Frida Kahlo 1907-1954, famous female portrait and self-portrait oil painting artist
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Frida Kahlo, Self-portrait with Necklace, 1933, oil on canvas, 24 x 20.5 in / 61 x 51.1 cm, US$250

     “Self-portrait with Necklace, 1933, is easier to appreciate if one understands the emotional turmoil from which Frida Kahlo had just emerged. She was trying to overcome the depression and unhappiness of her miscarriage in July of the previous year. She was living in Michigan with her husband Diego Rivera who had been commissioned to paint murals on the subject of modern industry in the Detroit Institute of Arts.
     Kahlo loved the necklace of pre-Columbian jade beads she wears in this portrait. The necklace and the fresh, attractive, and confident look contrasts with the self-portraits of the four

preceding years . This portrait clearly shows she was trying to get back to a normal life.
     Kahlo also painted “My Dress Hangs There akaNew York” in 1933. American actor Edward G. Robinson bought this painting in 1938.
     Frida was many things besides an accomplished artist — revolutionary, lesbian, rebel, communist, bisexual, patriot, lover, wife, disabled person, surrealist, divorcee, cross-dresser, and the “personification of national glory”. Born in 1907 in Coyoacan, a suburb of Mexico City, Mexico, three years before the Mexican Revolution, she often gave the beginning of the Revolution as her date of birth.
     A descendant of Jewish jewelers in Germany, her father was a sickly artist and photographer. She considered him warm, affectionate, tender and understanding. But she had mixed feelings about her Mexican mother, Matilde Calderon y Gonzalez, a descendant of a Spanish general. She considered her kind but calculating, intelligent but cruel, active but fanatically religious.
     In order to express her deep feelings which were often masked, Frida developed her own system of pictorial language with it's own vocabulary and syntax which she used to create her votive paintings. In her twenties, her art began to lose its European and Italian renaissance influence and to more greatly reflect Mexican folk  art.
Frida Kahlo, 1907 - 1954, with Helena Rubinstein
     Diego Rivera, who married her in 1929, was extremely impressed when he first saw her work: “unusual energy of expression, precise delineation of character, and true severity ... fundamental plastic honesty ... a vital sensuality, complemented by a merciless yet sensitive power of observation. It was obvious to me this was an authentic artist.”
     Kahlo had mixed feeling about the United States, “Gringolandia”, and this is reflected in her sometimes gruesome art. Although an admirer of American technology she didn't much like the culture: “high society here turns me off and I feel a bit of rage against these rich guys here ... having parties day and night while thousands and thousands of people are dying of hunger.” She had similar feelings about Europe.

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