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Self Portrait 1940

by Frida Kahlo

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Self Portrait 1940 - Description

Self Portrait, 1940 was completed by Mexican Surrealist Frida Kahlo in the aforementioned year. This self portrait depicts the artist positioned to the left of the canvas, her signature pursed lips and stern face representing the lifetime of struggle endured by her. Kahlo managed to live through accidents and disease, her artwork surviving to tell the story of her tragically gifted life. The painting is of oil and shows Kahlo’s strength of detail and realism despite her label as a surrealist. This work was dedicated to the American Sigmund Firestone, who commissioned the artist to paint Self Portrait, 1940. The beauty of Kahlo can be seen in her seamless brushstrokes and ability to add depth and precision to her character. Painted in the Mexican folk tradition, it is reflective of Kahlo’s desire to paint her reality as she saw it. The painting, therefore, is not exaggerated but instead a pious portrayal of the stern beauty emanating from her dark features, her black hair highlighted in the ridge across her brow. Notice the small, firm jawbone highlighted in Self Portrait, 1940. Her head appears reduced atop her long, strong neck. Two gloomy, piercing eyes gaze back at the viewer, locked in and unrelenting. It is an incredibly moving self portrait created with the intention of hanging proudly on the wall of the customer who commissioned this Mexican beacon of light.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Self Portrait 1940

Original Artist: Frida Kahlo
Subject: Portraits
Style: Surrealism
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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