Frida Kahlo Presentation by Kia Vang

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Nationalism is a good theme that would be associated with Frida Kahlo because of her love for her country, Mexico. Nationalism means loyalty and devotion to one's country. In Frida Kahlo's artwork, she would paint objects that represent many things from her country. She would paint things related to Mexican culture in some of her self portraits. In one of her self-portraits, she painted herself standing on the border of the United States and Mexico with a Mexico flag in her hands, meaning that her heart will always choose Mexico no matter where she is.

Art is the biggest and best theme associated with Frida Kahlo's history. She was known for her art because of her many paintings that depicted her pain from heartbreak to her suffering from many surgeries. There's a lot of symbolism in her paintings. For example, when Frida Kahlo had an abortion, she painted her sorrow out. One of the things drawn was a snail because it was slow and painful process to have an abortion. One of her paintings show two versions of her, holding hands with their hearts connected by a vein, representing that she was the only one who can understand what she's going through and how she's feeling.

“I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”

This quote is said by Frida Kahlo and is related to the art theme because art played a huge role in her life. In 1925, Frida Kahlo went through a bus accident and had to go through about 30 surgeries. Because of the immense pain she went through, she couldn't do much with her body so she painted her pain to distract herself and to cope with them. She would show her paintings to a man named Diego Rivera, who encouraged her to keep painting. Soon they both fell in love and got married. They traveled to the U.S and Europe, showing off Frida Kahlo's art. A few years after their a marriage, they got divorced but they remarried later.

Works Consulted:

"Frida Kahlo." Britannica School, 2017. Britannica Student. Accessed 20 Mar. 2017.

Garcia, Iliana. "The Story Behind 10 Frida Kahlo Paintings." Matadorn Network. Accessed 23 Mar. 2017.

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