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Self-Portrait (Dedicated to Leon Trotsky)

by Frida Kahlo

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Self-Portrait (Dedicated to Leon Trotsky) - Description

Frida Kahlo’s Self Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky was painted in 1937. An oil painting on masonite, the composition depicts a lavishly adorned Kahlo standing upright in a gold dress in front of two white tied curtains and a blank wall. Kahlo wears a flower in her hair and holds a bouquet in her arm. In her right hand appears a scroll, a feature common to many of Kahlo’s pieces. Though her lips are shut tight as per Kahlo’s tradition, her features are lightened noticeably which makes this painting slightly different from her other numerous and coveted self portraits. Kahlo, who was no stranger to struggle battled a lifetime of misfortune but still managed to become one of the world’s most recognizable and celebrated artists. Kahlo stands balanced in the middle of the frame, her feet and head at almost equal distance from their respective borders. Kahlo shows us her ability to deviate from dreamlike singularity in her paintings and stick to a traditional method of folk art, putting herself as the sole subject for this painting who was given to her lover, Leon Trotsky. Notice Kahlo’s seamless brush strokes and ability to create depth to her subject. It is a flawless painting that shows a truly remarkable artist in a postitive light apart from the suffering in which she is so often depicted in her work.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Self-Portrait (Dedicated to Leon Trotsky)

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