Frida Kahlo

La Columna Rota/The Broken Column

1944

oil on masonite

Kahlo was 18 years old when she was involved in a horrific traffic accident, in which an iron rod pierced her abdomen, right foot was crushed, and two vertebrae were fractured, as well as a number of other bones, including eleven fractures in her right leg. As she recovered in a full body cast, her mother brought her a small lap easel, and, with a mirror over her bed, began painting self-portraits. This self-portrait embodies many elements that were in Kahlo’s artwork, including the themes of isolation, a broken body, and intense suffering and pain. This painting also embodies another one of Kahlo’s themes, that of two bodies, one of which she is a complete and full bodied woman, and another, reflecting broken insides.


Posted on Saturday, November 17th at 08:00AM with 1,489 notes

tagged as: Frida Kahlo, La Columna Rota, The Broken Column, 1944, 1940s, art, Naive Art, Primitivism, self-portrait, oil, masonite, art history,
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