Frida Kahlo Research Paper Outline

"I'll paint myself," said Frida Kahlo, "because I am so often alone, because I am the subject I know best." When you look at Kahlo's art, there is no getting away from the woman herself. Even if you have never engaged with her work, never stopped in a gallery to peer at one of her small canvases, you will be familiar with her face - its slight monobrow and moustache, its smooth black hair and full mouth.

With the familiarity of her look comes also the fame of her personality and her story. Ever since Hayden Herrera's influential biography was published in 1983 - and even more since the Hollywood biopic, Frida, starring Salma Hayek, was released in 2002 - Kahlo's highly coloured and passionate life has been as eagerly consumed, or even more eagerly consumed, than her highly coloured and passionate art. Kahlo's life seems to be a kind of template for how a female bohemian should behave, with her vivid clothes, rebellious social behaviour, affairs with men (including Trotsky) and women, and her tempestuous marriage to fellow artist and communist Diego Rivera.

Given this adherence to an ideal artistic temperament and biography, it's hardly surprising that Kahlo occupies such a comfortable niche in modern celebrity. Her most famous collector is Madonna; fashion designers claim her as their "muse"; the US postal service has put her on a stamp in order to show their "commitment to diversity"; Volvo has used her image in advertisements. And the National Portrait Gallery is currently showing not her work, but photographs of Kahlo herself.

But it is also surprising that she has been remade as this figure of charm and glamour, when a central aspect of what Kahlo offers people is, to put it simply, her pain. There was great pain in Kahlo's life, both physical and emotional. After a horrific traffic accident on a bus when she was a teenager - in her words: "the handrail pierced me as the sword pierces the bull" - she suffered chronic pain and about 30 operations, more than one miscarriage and an eventual amputation of her leg up to the knee. The emotional pain was of a different kind: it centred on her turbulent relationship with her husband, Diego Rivera, whom she divorced once and married twice and who was never faithful to her.

But this torment is also one of the reasons for her appeal. "I identify with her pain and her sadness," Madonna has said. Even John Berger, a more dispassionate critic, has said: "That she became a world legend is in part due to the fact that . . . under the new world order, the sharing of pain is one of the essential preconditions for a refinding of dignity and hope."

In the film Frida, Salma Hayek channelled this pain successfully into Hollywood sentimentality, and the paintings were used simply to illustrate the emotions. At one point in the film we see Kahlo discovering Rivera making love to her sister; with a slight fiddling of the real chronology, Kahlo immediately leaves him and chops off her hair. A frame of Hayek sitting on a chair with cropped hair morphs into Kahlo's canvas, Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair, in which the artist is seen alone on a chair, wearing a man's suit, holding scissors. This picture was recently shown in London in the Desire: Surrealism Unbound exhibition, and there, too, the catalogue left one in no doubt that it should be appreciated as a window on to the artist's emotions: "Painted during the year of her divorce from Diego Rivera . . . the mood of Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair is both angry and forlorn; in retaliation against Rivera she has cut off the long hair he loved, stripped herself of all feminine adornments."

But there is a danger in using Kahlo's art as if it were simply a mirror held up to her turbulent life. It suggests that her work must be read in direct relation to life events, so that this picture depicts a moment of "retaliation" against her husband.

Kahlo explored the interior processes of her life, but to do so she had to form a visual language as complicated and ambiguous as any literary language. Even in this picture - one of her simplest - can you really put your finger so easily on the emotion it evokes? To be sure, there is something angry and forlorn in the work, but there is also, oddly, something rather humorous. Look at her sly sideways gaze and the ironic addition of a song lyric at the top of the canvas. And there is something immensely confident about her cross-dressing, that open-legged pose in the square-shouldered suit. Cross-dressing was something Kahlo did in her own life: she sometimes wore trousers and a shirt to work in, although she was so well known for those fabulous Mexican dresses and shawls.

This, then, is a portrait of a woman crossing boundaries perhaps not just in retaliation against her man, but because she enjoyed it for herself. And what do those scissors held at crotch level say to us: that she is castrated, or that she is castrating?

This sense of humour and also danger is part of what Kahlo put into her paintings. If we want to read the art as the story of a woman, we have to be aware that we will never really know who that woman is. She presented herself in many contradictory ways, and used her art not just to reveal her personality, but to construct a personality. With the new show of her work that is about to open at London's Tate Modern, we can get back to her art and look at it afresh, its range of subjects and its power in the flesh.

A picture such as The Broken Column seems to give us her pain as almost no other; her body stuck with nails, the pale tears on her cheeks, the expression of terrible courage. But we can see what a complicated language is being brought into being to transmit the emotion; the pain is expressed through a combination of realism, with the depiction of a steel corset that she had to wear, and surrealism, as her body is opened up to reveal a crumbling column instead of a spine.

In fact, Kahlo had an ambivalent attitude towards surrealism; although she knew André Breton and was celebrated by him and others in the movement, she rather despised its artificial and self-indulgent aspects, and preferred to see the fantasy elements of her art as rooted in Mexican tradition. Indeed, Mexican art (including the devotional Christian paintings that she collected and the pagan, pre-colonial art that she also admired) weaves reality and fantasy together in a way that can seem naive to western eyes, and she realised and remade its power. This painting also refers to the kind of Christian art you see everywhere in Mexico; it is impossible not to look at the nails piercing her flesh and the tears on her cheeks in The Broken Column without seeing a suggestion that Kahlo's physical pain takes her close to the suffering body of Christ.

If we move away from looking at Kahlo's work as simply confessional, we are also in a better position to appreciate its political dimensions. Kahlo often seems to be so popular because she offers some kind of soft-focus radical chic; in Frida, the fact that she had an affair with Trotsky is offered as the only hard evidence for Kahlo's political commitment. But in an excellent essay in the catalogue for the Tate exhibition, the curator, Emma Dexter, observes: "To a greater or lesser extent, all of Kahlo's works are political." Dexter discusses how Kahlo's commitment to Marxism - and even Stalinism - remained strong throughout her life. One of Kahlo's less impressive last works, Marxism Gives Health to the Sick, shows Kahlo casting aside her crutches; she is supported by a saint-like Marx, who is emerging from the sky next to a hovering dove. But, most vitally, Kahlo's politics were based upon her support for third-world culture and values against colonial appropriation, and her art deals vividly with her appreciation of Mexico - its land, its people, its art, its embattled situation in the modern world.

If you take one of her most effectively political pictures, Self-Portrait on the Border Between Mexico and the United States, you get the full force of those politics. This picture is reproduced much less often than those self- portraits that focus only on Kahlo's face; it shows her full length, with America on her left and Mexico on her right. America is absolutely mechanistic, all machines and smokestacks, and the machines have electrical cords that extend underground. On the Mexican side there are plants with roots that extend downwards, and a sun and a moon. Kahlo is here dressed in very formal western clothes, but the cigarette she holds, together with the Mexican flag, show her rebellious social attitude as well as her political commitment to her natural third-world land against the American inferno.

Her political effect, however, has been felt less in debates about indigenous traditions versus colonial power, and much more in a way she could never have predicted: in the feminist movement of the late 20th century. Kahlo created her distinctively female visual language well before the feminist movement had formulated its theory that the personal was the political. The power of her art then became vital for women - not just artists, but women of all sorts - who were struggling to explore the ways in which female experiences had been overlooked in our culture.

A picture such as The Love Embrace of the Universe, in which Kahlo creates a kind of feminine cosmology, shows her wearing a red dress, holding a naked Diego Rivera and being held herself by an earth goddess in a dream landscape of fertility and sensuality. It wouldn't look out of place if it had been created in a hippie commune of the 1970s. In other pictures, she explores female physical experiences from birth to lactation in ways that still look startlingly honest and nakedly unashamed. In those paintings she set - unknowingly - a course not just for what people would look at in galleries, but for how people would begin to think in everyday life about how female experiences had been marginalised in our culture. That political legacy reminds us that her art was not only an "autobiography in paint", as Hayden Herrera put it, but also, in André Breton's great phrase, a "ribbon tied around a bomb".

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