Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Kahlo, Frida

Self-Portrait in a Velvet Dress
oil on canvas
79 x 58 cm
Private Collection Bequest of Alejandro Arias Mexico City

This is Frida's first self-portrait. It was painted as s gift for her student boyfriend, Alejandro Gomez Arias, who had left her. It was given as a token of love by which she hoped to restore his affection and keep her in his thoughts. Her plea for his love worked and not long after Alejandro received the portrait, they were rejoined.

Frida Kahlo de Rivera (1907 – 1954) was a Mexican painter, and perhaps best known for her self-portraits.
She died on July 13, 1954, soon after turning 47. A few days before her death she wrote in her diary: "I hope the exit is joyful — and I hope never to return — Frida".