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Project 4







Frida Kahlo

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…)


2 responses to “Project 4

  1. ARTD150

    Hi Dilek! We talked about this in class, but I wanted to share with everyone some of the things we discussed. So- something I would think about is what you actually include in the background. Several of the items depicted in her self-portraits had specific meaning, what can you include in yours to reveal aspects of your personality? Were you planning to paint yourself? Also, not sure if I would complete remove the unibrow- it is one of Frida iconic symbols and will help bring people back to that painting after the changes have been made. I suppose it would be depend on how much of the painting you distort. Lemme know!

  2. ARTD150

    Reblogged this on ARTD150 and commented:
    Great painting to work with. Any suggestions??

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