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Portrait of Virginia

by Frida Kahlo

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Portrait of Virginia - Description

Portrait of Virginia was created by Mexican folk artist Frida Kahlo. A work of oil on Masonite, the painting measures eighty-three and eight tenths by sixty-eight centimeters. This endearing portrait captures the image of a small girl, depicted seated directly in the center of the frame as many of Kahlo’s portraits tend to. Her hair is tied back and braided, falling down her back. What is most unusual about this piece appears in the child’s eyes. They are crooked, positioned at an angle utterly impossible. However, this is the mark of Kahlo’s genius. By tweaking the positioning of the eyes and fixating a firmly closed mouth she is able to tell more about the child than any other symbol could. There appears nothing else in this painting, which is where the glory of the portrait lies. The child’s eyes are the sole focus of the piece. Kahlo uses a fine choice of colors as well in Portrait of Virginia, with a background of purple “popping” off of its opposite yellow. Additionally, the green of the girl’s dress compliments the yellow and in turn creates an interesting balance of tension and harmony. Portrait of Virginia’s simplicity is a work of masterful beauty and haunting expression painted by an artist who overcame a lifetime of personal turmoil such as injury and disease to emerge as one of the leading female Mexican artists of all time.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Portrait of Virginia

Original Artist: Salvador Dali
Subject: Portraits
Style: Surrealism
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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