The Art of Frida Kahlo: Ethno-cultural Identity, Feminism, the Struggle of the Disabled and Political Ideology

by Lorena Fernandez, Ph.D.

Frida Kahlo has been regarded as a symbol of beauty, of strength in adversity and a kind of phoenix that through art rises from the ashes of her life experience. Little emphasis has been placed on her sociological view and political activism. Frida used images of her own body and face to express her ideas, as a result of this some art critics and historians have believed her art to be strictly personal. However, her physical self was at the crossroads between her internal life and her external life, in other words in was the place where psychology and sociology met. Therefore, the statements that Frida made using depictions of her physical self, were also statements about society at large.

The themes of ethnic and cultural identity, Marxism, feminism, and the struggle of the sick and disabled are clearly present in her paintings. This book explores and analyzes the sociological content of Frida Kahlo's artistic expression by focusing on four of her striking paintings. 

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