In many of her paintings, often self-portraits, she is dressed in bold and bright red, blues and greens and frequently with flowers or bows in her hair.
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist born in 1907, to a Hungarian father and a mother of Mexican Indian descent. Art critics describe her work as surrealist, symbolism and realist.
Most of her 200 paintings and drawings are self portraits, exploring her experience as a woman of mixed origins, who endured much suffering. Her whole life was marked by illness, starting at the age of 6 when she suffered from polio and during her teenagers years, when she was badly injured in a bus accident.
In contrast to the cheerful and bright colors of her paintings, the themes of her works often dealt with the emotional and physical consequences of the accident as well as the anguish she suffered during her marriage to the well known artist Diego Rivera.
The arrows piercing the dear’s body no doubt refer to Kahlo’s own pain and suffering due to her injuries as well as her trying marriage.
I wonder whether through the suffering and pain that Frida Kahlo experienced, she chose to use bright colors and images of birds and flowers in order to sooth her anguished life. Similarly, is it possible that the fashion trend of bold flowers pattern and stripes are a subliminal balm to calm the difficulty many people around the world are suffering these days as the result of the economic crisis? (After all, fashion does not design for misery and depression! )
I wish you a colorful weekend! Sara