Saturday, June 4, 2011

FRIDA KAHLO

"SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW" is the theme of this week's challenge over at Inspiration
Avenue. This is my first "FRIDA KAHLO" ART and my submission for the challenge this week.

"SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW WITH FRIDA"



Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954; born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán, and perhaps best known for her self-portraits.



On September 17, 1925, Kahlo was riding in a bus when the vehicle collided with a trolley car. She suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident, including a broken spinal column, a broken collarbone, broken ribs, a broken pelvis, eleven fractures in her right leg, a crushed and dislocated right foot, and a dislocated shoulder. Also, an iron handrail pierced her abdomen and her uterus, which seriously damaged her reproductive ability.

The accident left her in a great deal of pain while she spent three months recovering in a full body cast. Although she recovered from her injuries and eventually regained her ability to walk, she had relapses of extreme pain for the remainder of her life. The pain was intense and often left her confined to a hospital or bedridden for months at a time. She had as many as thirty-five operations as a result of the accident, mainly on her back, her right leg, and her right foot. The injuries also prevented Kahlo from having a child because of the medical complications and permanent damage done when the iron handrail pierced her uterus.



After the accident, Kahlo neglected the study of medicine to begin a painting career. She painted to occupy her time during her temporary immobilization. Her self-portraits became a dominant part of her life when she was immobile for three months after her accident. Kahlo once said, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best."

Her mother had a special easel made for her so she could paint in bed, and her father lent her his box of oil paints and some brushes.

Using personal experiences, including her marriage, her miscarriages, and her numerous operations, Kahlo's works are often characterized by their suggestions of pain.

Of her 143 paintings, 55 are self-portraits which often incorporate symbolic portrayals of physical and psychological wounds. She insisted, "I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality."

"Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds, fly....Somewhere over the rainbow, why, o why, can't I"?

Thanks for viewing my submission and if you fly over to Inspiration Avenue by rolling over the title of this post, you can
see more art inspired by this beloved classic ballad.

Cheers!
Kim

16 comments:

  1. I love this and just did a post on Frida myself a little while ago. She must be hovering around inspiring us!! Beautiful work and colors!!

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  2. I love drawing inspiration from and drawing Frida! Your interpretation with the rainbow and colors is beautiful!! Have a wonderful weekend! Theresa

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  3. Love the colors to your Frida- vibrant and beautiful!

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  4. I absolutely love it, and you definitely have the challenge theme nailed down! Your work is so intriguing, I could just admire it for hours... Thanks!

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  5. Wow - these are amazing Rainbow/Frida paintings. I love them. So full of vibrant detail.

    And thank you for sharing details about Kahlo. I've often seen artists representations of Frida but until now hadn't really known much about her. I enjoyed learning more about Frida Kahlo - thank you for providing that fascinating biography.
    Kat X

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  6. Beautiful painting of Frida, and great post!

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  7. It's fab - such bright use of colour. She is vibrant and dancing :)

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  8. Thanks for telling Frida's story. I knew she was an artist with a famous face, but I had no idea of her painful history. You honor her with your art. It is bright and colorful, with a touch of whimsey. It almost looks like a glass window. Frida would be proud.

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  9. I am amazed at all of the detail, the color. the vibrancy...so much to look at and love!
    She is gorgeous, Kim!
    xox

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  10. I've been inspired by Frida. Thanx for your input. Your painting is a great tribute and a great entry!

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  11. You did a lovely job with this! So bright and colorful. Congrats! :)

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  12. There are son many of us who love Frida. I too love Frida. I just re-watched a PBS DVD documentary on her for the 3rd time. She was so beautiful and full of life. I love your submission to IA. I just did a photo of myself for Paint Party Friday that was doctored up as Frida. Tee Hee. It was fun visualizing myself as FK for one day. I love all the colors you have used. Great job. Have a wonderful week.

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  13. WOW!!! Frida would've loved the colours. I'd give this one 11/10.

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  14. Really interesting post and I love your Frida art - somehow she really suits rainbows :) x

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  15. Frida is eternally interesting and inspiring. I vaguely knew some of her story, but not all of these details. I love the style and wonderful colors in your piece!

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  16. Great post...I didn't know all this about her.. I love your Frida art so colorful and perfect for a rainbow challenge...

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