The Squirrel Review

On the 17th of September, at just 18, Frida Kahlo found herself immobilized in hospital. She had been placed in a cast in order to secure the many injuries and fractures she received in a traumatic bus accident. Frida, forced to remain still for three months, discoverers painting. Bound to her bed for days on end, her parents formed a structure around her bed, placing a mirror as her roof. In this way, she became her own subject. This of course, gives great enlightenment as to why of her approximately one hundred and forty paintings, fifty-five of them are auto portraits. Here, we look at one of the most famous renditions of herself – The Two Fridas.

In her self-portraiture, Kahlo often examined a dialectic vision of the self, contemplating the disparities and differences found within an individual. Naturally, this deep personal reflection often led Kahlo to painting subject matter that was profoundly private. The Two Fridas perfectly highlights this…

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