Monet & Me is off to a creative start with our “Rebels & Renegades” Series! This week, we proudly introduce Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo whose short life lasted from only 1907-1954. Kahlo’s self-portraits highlight her artistic career, her distinct eyebrows accentuated in each portrait of herself. 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."
Kahlo’s work is characterized as folk art. According to the Folk Art Alliance, folk art “encompasses a range of utilitarian and decorative media, including cloth, wood, paper, clay, metal and more, it is made by individuals whose creative skills convey their community’s authentic cultural identity, rather than an individual or idiosyncratic artistic identity.” To learn more about folk art, visit: http://www.folkartalliance.org/.
Kahlo suffered from life long health issues after a serious car accident, during her convalescence she began to paint. Her paintings reflect the physical and emotional pain she experienced through her declining health, as well as her tumultuous relationship with her husband, Diego, who was twice her age. Through her life experiences she was inspired to create work that exhibits in the most prominent galleries in the world, the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art! Monet & Me is looking forward teaching the kids about our next artist most known for his fruit still-life, Cezzane!
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