It was the last full week of Frida. :( There's a few more days to the end of the month and I've a few more things to do and share and then it's on to a new artist!
Here's a recap of the week:
notes: early 1935 Frida moved out of the San Angel house with Diego. She cut her hair short, spent time with friends, and became more independent.
Collections. notes: Frida and Diego collected Judas figures which were used in traditional Mexican Holy Week celebrations. They are wrapped with garlands of firecrackers and then exploded, made to look like a devil or current political figure. Frida also collected ex-voto paintings which are religious artworks giving thanks to a saint or Virgin Mary for a blessing or miracle.
notes: Upon seeing Frida's work, Andre Breton (leader of the Surrealists movement) was thoroughly impressed and proclaimed her a Surrealist painter. While Frida enjoyed the recognition that the association with Surrealism brought her, she would later distance herself from the movement. "I do not consider myself a Surrealist...I detest Surrealism." She also described Surrealism as "the magical surprise of finding a lion in a wardrobe where one is sure of finding shirts."
Many of Frida's paintings have scrolls/banners and birds...this one is drawn from A Few Small Nips, 1935 but I changed the words to a phrase taken from a still life she painted in 1951, Weeping Coconuts. Translates to 'painted with love' or affection.
My original plan for this large painting has not at all worked out. :( This weekend I've got to come up with a plan B (C?) and then get started on it. It's likely that I'll continue to work on this piece into February. I think that'll work out fine though.
The Love Embrace of the Universe, 1949 on the left. notes: when Mexico entered WW2 in 1942, Frida and Diego decided they should be self sufficient, so they started a little farm on their land in El Pedregal. They built a stable to keep their animals and planned to grow vegetable and produce milk and honey.
In 1943, Frida was offered a position as a teacher at the Education Ministry's School of Painting and Sculpture known as 'La Esmeralda.' Since she had never studied art formally she felt awkward assuming the title of teacher. She told her students from the outset that she would be learning along with them.
This collage came from trying a couple exercise from our year of creative habits book club book, Once Upon a Piece of Paper.
notes: Frida enjoyed making her home and surroundings attractive and she tried to instill this appreciation for everyday aesthetics in her students. Frida made the Blue House her sanctuary. In the mornings she would paint or go to the market and return to prepare for the afternoon meal, always taking care to make an attractive table setting of flowers, fruit, and clay dishes. Meals were often livened up by one of her pets at the table, a chipmunk in a cage, or her pet parakeet Bonito who would make his way around the table until he found the butter dish.
This painting is based on Sigmund Freud's book Moses and Monotheism. Frida felt that deities were created by those in power to suppress the will of the people. In a talk about the painting she said "...the reason why people need to make up or imagine heroes and gods is pure fear . . . fear of life and fear of death." The central panel offers the alternative: a reverence for life, fertility, and the natural world.
notes: Frida didn't start keeping a diary until the late 1940's. This journal entry is from August 1953 when the doctors told her they'd have to amputate her leg at the knee. She wrote: "Feet, why do I need them, if I have wings to fly?" ... " in my entire figure there is only one and I want two. For me to have two they must cut one off. It is the one I don't have the one I have to have to be able to walk the other one will be dead! I have many wings. Cut them off and to hell with it!!" Below the drawing it says "the dove made mistakes"
This week I finished reading Frida Kahlo at Home. It's an excellent book, a keeper for me and I don't keep many books. Four more days and so much to do! Tuesday I plan to have a wrap up post on Frida and then Wednesday I'll share the artist that I'l study in February. :)