Frida KahloDate: 22 November 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
An oil painting titled ‘Diego and I’ by artist Frida Kahlo has been sold for a record amount of $34.9 million at a Sotheby’s auction in New York.
The painting is the self-portrait of the artist, representing her troubled marriage with husband Diego Rivera. It was painted few years before her demise in 1954.
Kahlo is considered one of the greatest artists of Mexico. She was famous for her bold and vibrant art.
She drew her influence from Mexican culture, folk art, and her own predicaments. Apart from artist, she was also a feminist and political activist.
Frida was the third of the four daughters born to a German-Hungarian Jewish father and Mexican mother of Spanish descent.
She was diagnosed with polio at the age of six, leaving her bed-ridden for months and deforming her right leg severely.
During her college days, Frida became a member of the ‘Los Cachuchas’, a socialist group. She also joined the Young Communist League, followed by the Mexican Communist Party.
Kahlo started to draw self-portraits looking at mirrors during her hospitalization. She started to gain several commissions after her paintings became popular.
Kahlo’s paintings were deeply influenced by Mexican culture. Her paintings were bright and made extensive use of symbolism.
Pain and suffering were a constant theme in her depictions. The paintings gave an insight into her tragic life and feelings of love and loss.
Kahlo’s ‘The Frame’ was acquired by Louvre Museum in 1939. It was the first work by a 20th-century Mexican artist to be purchased by a major international museum.
The 1939 painting titled ‘Two Nudes in the Forest’ was sold for $8 million at a Christie’s auction in 2016.
Other famous paintings by Frida include ‘Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird’, ‘The Two Fridas’, ‘Self Portrait with Cropped Hair’, ‘The Wounded Deer’ etc.