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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Kahlo, Frida


Self Portrait dedicated to Dr. Eloesser
1940
oil on board
59.5 x 40 cm
Private Collection, USA

Frida Kahlo de Rivera (1907 – 1954) was a Mexican painter.
The dedication inscribed on the banderole at the bottom reads: "I painted my portrait in the year 1940 for Doctor Leo Eloesser, my doctor and my best friend. With all my love. Frida Kahlo."
In thanks for the treatment that stabilized her condition, she painted this self-portrait for her Dr. Eloesser (Towards the end of 1939, Frida began to suffer increased back pain and developed an acute fungal infection in her right hand).

The earrings she is wearing were a gift from Pablo Picasso whom she met while in Paris. The hand on the banderole as well as on the earrings, makes reference at what is called in Mexico "milagros". Milagros are pieces made of wax or ivory shaped in the form of the part of the human body that the person wants to be healed, and left on the altar of the Saint they pray to.The necklace of thorns around her neck is a reminder of the pain from which Dr. Eloesser freed her.