The Works of Frida Kahlo

When analyzing and observing Kahlo's work, it is impossible to separate its themes, symbolism, and technique from her personal life. Personal and autobiographical features are portrayed permanently in her artwork.

The figure of Frida, along with her works, is characterized by ambiguity. Frida fluctuated between hope and despair. She liked to flirt and seduce, but at times she felt lonely and begged her friends and loved ones to visit her. Kahlo had a marked black humor. She loved to surround herself with exotic pets such as monkeys, spiders, and dogs. Frida treated her servants like her own family and students like colleagues.

Frida's work has been defined as surrealist, although she denied it until André Breton named it as such. Diego Rivera, on the other hand, would define Frida as a realist. Her paintings tried to rescue popular Mexican art, making use of ex-votos, religious and miraculous retablos. They varied from self-portraits to living nature scenes, from nationalist to realistic canvas paintings.  

Among the works of Frida Kahlo, we can name the following:

  1. Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress, 1926, oil on canvas, 79.7 x 60 cm.
  2. Portrait of Miguel N. Lira, 1927, oil on canvas, 99.2 x 67.5 cm.
  3. Portrait of Cristina, My Sister, 1928, oil on wood, 99 x 81.5 cm.
  4. Time Flies (self-portrait), 1929, oil on Masonite, 86 x 68 cm.
  5. Frida and Diego Rivera or Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, 1931, oil on canvas, 100 x 79 cm.

  6. Henry Ford Hospital or The Flying Bed, 1932, oil on metal, 30.5 x 38 cm.
  7. Self Portrait on the Borderline Between Mexico and the United States, 1932, oil on metal, 31 x 35 cm.

  8. My Birth or Birth, 1932, oil on metal, 30.5 x 35 cm.
  9. My Dress Hangs There or New York, 1933, oil and collage on Masonite, 46 x 50 cm.
  10. Self Portrait with Necklace, 1933

  11. My Grandparents, My Parents, and Me, 1936, oil and tempera on metal, 30.7 x 34.5 cm.
  12. Memory or The Heart, 1937, oil on metal, 40 x 28 cm.
  13. Self Portrait with Monkey or Self Portrait with Little Monkey and Snake Necklace, 1938, oil on Masonite, 40.6 x 30.5 cm.

  14. What I Saw in the Water or What the Water Gave Me, 1938

  15. The Suicide of Dorothy Hale, 1938/39, oil on Masonite, 60.4 x 48.6 cm.
  1. Two Nudes in the Forest, originally The Earth Itself, 1939

  2. The Two Fridas, 1939, oil on canvas, 173.5 x173 cm.
  3. Self Portrait with Cropped Hair, 1940, oil on canvas, 40 x 27.9 cm.
  4. Diego on My Mind or Thinking of Diego or Self Portrait as a Tehuana, 1943, oil on Masonite, 76 x 61 cm.

  5. Thinking about Death, 1943, oil on canvas mounted on Masonite, 44.5 x 36.3 cm.
  6. The Broken Column, 1944, oil on canvas mounted on Masonite, 40 x 30.7 cm.
  7. Portrait of Doña Rosita Morillo, 1944, oil on canvas mounted on Masonite, 76 x 60.5 cm.
  8. Moses or Nucleus of Creation, 1945, oil on Masonite, 61 x 75.6 cm.
  9. Tree of Hope Remain Strong, 1946, oil on Masonite, 55.9 x 40.6 cm.
  10. The Wounded Deer, 1946, oil on Masonite, 22.4 x 30 cm.
  11. Self Portrait with Loose Hair, 1947, oil on Masonite, 61 x 45 cm.
  12. The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Myself, Diego, and Señor Xólotl, 1949, oil on canvas, 70 x 60.5 cm.

  13. Diego and I, 1949, oil on canvas mounted on Masonite, 28 x 22 cm.
  14. Watermelons «Viva la Vida», 1954, oil on Masonite, 72 x 52 cm.
  15. Marxism Will Give Health to the Sick, 1954, oil on Masonite, 76 x 51 cm.


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