Artwork Title: Autorretrato en la frontera entre Mexico y los Estados Unidos (Self Portrait Along the Border Line B - Artist Name: Frida Kahlo

Autorretrato en la frontera entre Mexico y los Estados Unidos (Self Portrait Along the Border Line B

Frida Kahlo, 1932

12 x 13 inch
After being in the United States for nearly three years, Frida was growing homesick for Mexico. In this painting, Frida makes clear her ambivalent feelings towards "Gringolandia" (the United States). In an uncharacteristically sweet elegant pink dress and white gloves, she stands like a statue on a pedestal between the two different worlds. In her hand she holds a Mexican flag which must indicate where her loyalties lie. On one side, the ancient Mexican landscape, with its rich warm natural earthy colors, exotic plants and pieces of Aztec sculpture. The forces of nature and the natural life cycle govern the Mexican side. On the other side, the dead, technology-dominated landscape of the United States is portrayed in dull greys and blues. There is just one link between the two worlds: an electricity generator standing on the U.S. soil draws its power from the roots of a plant on the Mexican side, which it then supplies to the socket on the pedestal on which Frida is standing. The legend on the pedestal reads: "Carmen Rivera painted her portrait the year 1932". (Carmen was Frida's baptism name.) [http://www.fridakahlofans.com/c0110.html]
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