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Self Portrait 1926 by Frida Kahlo - Reproduction Oil Painting
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Self Portrait 1926

Frida Kahlo’s 1926 Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress is a figurative reproduction of her own likeness, originally painted for her student sweetheart after he broke off their relationship. Kahlo hoped that the vivid and charismatic painting would convince the young man to return to her, or at least to think of her fondly. This hypnotic canvas worked its magic and the pair were soon reunited. Frida Kahlo, one of the most influential and enigmatic painters of the twentieth century, created her own unique trajectory across Mexican visual history – between the Western avant-garde to the pre-Colombian imagery of the Aztecs and beyond. Greatly influenced by the Surrealist movement of her day, Kahlo also utilized her literary interest in Eastern philosophy and her recurring medical traumas to forge an artistic vision that was at once mythical, self-possessed and tragic. Subverting the iconography of her Catholic upbringing with her frank reproduction of the actions of life and death and the bare truth of the human body, Kahlo’s presence warms and enchants art history.

Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress sees the young artist in an aristocratic stance reminiscent of Italian Renaissance paintings, contrasting the broad outlines and rough shape of the spatial plane. Kahlo would revisit this portraiture style in numerous subsequent paintings such a Portrait of Alicia Galant and Portrait of Adriana, both painted in 1927. On the reverse Kahlo inscribed a dedication: "For Alex. Frida Kahlo, at the age of 17, September 1926 - Coyoacan -Heute ist Immer Noch" (Today still goes on). The remarkable weight of Kahlo’s self-possession is embodied in this emblematic canvas. Yet in spite of the gesture, Kahlo’s sweetheart was sent to Europe by his parents to distance their son from Kahlo. Returning the painting to Kahlo for safekeeping, the artist soon after chose it as a small selection of works to show to the famous Mexican Muralist Diego Rivera. It was this portrait that sparked Rivera’s interest and catapulted Kahlo into the inner circle of the international avant-garde.

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Self Portrait 1926 Frida Kahlo

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