The Past Conveys The Future

1 Jul

Happy Birthday To One The Great Of Our Times……

Frida Kahlo, before becoming one of the most innovative artist of her time, she had to endure the Mexican Revolution, polio and a deadly bus crash in her childhood.  She was born in 1907 and die in 1954, after an eventually short life.

She married painter Diego Rivera at the tender age of 22.  The marriage was full of love,lust, infertility, and of course drama.  After ten years of it they called it quits and filled for divorce. Before her 1954 death, they remarried but only for a short amount of time before death came knocking at her door.  Her death was attributed to a pulmonary embolism, although no autopsy was performed.

This masterpiece was displaced at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2008 as part of the exhibition devoted to the Art of Frida Kahlo celebrating the 100th year anniversary of her birth.  There were approximately fifty paintings from the beginning of her career in 1926 to  the year of her death.

Like many artist, after death her celerity and popularity grew.  Her work receive some of the recognition it deserve.

In 2001, she became the first hispanic woman to have her face on a U.S. postage stamp.  Her work “Roots”1943, set the record for the highest-selling portrait by a Latin-American painter in 2006.

“Frida has been a long time coming to the screen, passing through many hands and possible leading ladies, including Madonna and Jennifer Lopez, before Salma Hayek and director Julie Taymor (Titus) got hold of it.  It’s impossible to envision a more dazzling or passionate telling of the Mexican artist’s life.

Salma Hayek is Frida from high school days to deathbed; the actress more known for her beauty than her acting (Wild Wild West) completely transformed into the mono-browed artist-activist.  But if Hayek is the embodiment of Kahlo’s physical being, then Julie Taymor is the artist’s imagination, sometimes subtly and at others dramatically converting the screen into the surreal canvas from which Frida’s art springs – set to an astonishing soundtrack of Mexican cantina song resulting in a film that is literally breathtaking.”


One Response to “The Past Conveys The Future”

  1. JimHackIII December 7, 2010 at 5:00 AM #

    Read more about this great Mexican artist.

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