Friday, December 11, 2009

Frida Kahlo

 Today we went to the studio and transformed the place.  We froze our butts off but it was worth it.  While we were there a brave customer came in amongst the clutter and found a treasure she had to have (we all know how that is).  It was a mini Frida Kahlo painting and it was only $10.00 So many women love Frida, we love her passion, her intensity and her lust for life.  So I was inspired to highlight her and perhaps I'll do some portraits of her when I can find some time.  For those of you who haven't watched the movie get it, Salma Hayek is amazing. 

Frida, the person and her art, defy easy definition. Rather, they lend themselves to ambiguous description. Often volatile and obsessive, Frida was alternately hopeful and despairing. She loved dancing and crowds and flirtation and seduction – and was often miserably lonely, begging friends and lovers to visit, not to "forget" her. She had a ferocious and often black sense of humor, as well as a sharp command of wit and metaphor. She took great pride in keeping a home for Diego and loved fussing over him, cooking for him and bathing him. She delighted in pets – mischievous spider monkeys and dogs – and adored children, who she treated as equals. She loved nonsense, gossip and dirty jokes. She abhorred pretension. She treated servants like family and students like esteemed colleagues. Frida Kahlo embodied alegría, – a lust for life. She valued honesty, especially to self.

She once wrote to a former lover (who allegedly had jilted her because of her physical infirmities), "you deserve the best, the very best, because you are one of the few people in this lousy world who are honest to themselves, and that is the only thing that really counts."

When Frida Kahlo died at the age of 47 on July 13, 1954, she left paintings, each of which corresponds to her evolving persona, as well as a collection of effusive letters to lovers and friends, and colorfully candid journal entries. All are irrefutable evidence that her life was nothing less than a quest to be honest to herself – 1910 birthday and all.

1 comment:

  1. Great artist. Hard life. Great movie.
    I love this painting. I would like a large one, on a wall in my home. Love the colors.