Self-Portrait with Monkey
Oil on Masonite
16 x 12 in
I’d like to play with Frida Kahlo’s Self Portrait with Monkey. A lot of her paintings are very interesting already. It’ll be challenging to figure out what to do with it. I might change the monkey with another animal like sloth maybe, clean Frida’s unibraws, not sure yet.
Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954; Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán. Perhaps best known for her self-portraits, Kahlo’s work is remembered for its “pain and passion”, and its intense, vibrant colors. Kahlo suffered lifelong health problems, many of which stemmed from a traffic accident in her teenage years. These issues are reflected in her works, more than half of which are self-portraits of one sort or another.
Kahlo produced 143 paintings, 55 of which are self-portraits. When asked why she painted so many self-portraits, Frida replied: “Because I am so often alone….because I am the subject I know best.”
This portraits of her include objects that mean things to her like (her longlife boyfriend, her painful past…)