Saturday, 16 July 2011

Frida Kahlo: What the Water Gave Me (1938)

An unusually revealing self portrait by Kahlo because it also reveals some of her health issues reflected in the water with the open wound next to the big toe, suggesting spina bifida. The painting also shows the shortened toes on the right foot due to surgical procedures. Deformity of the right leg due to polio also caused continual circulation problems, and her life seems to have been one of constant pain. By all accounts some of this was also self-inflicted due to her own choices and poor self management. Alcohol and morphine were her methods of self-medication. She was to eventually die from a morphine overdose which was probably suicide.

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