“My Two Fridas, A Heart made of Wax”
Inspiration & Technique
Well I know most people who don’t know who Frida Kahlo is will look at this and only see blood or a graphic display. This painting which I’ll probably never see in person since most of her work has never left Mexico City, is a wonderful insight into the artist Frida Kahlo her hardships and her love for Diego Rivera. She was involved in a horrific bus accident and endured over 30 surgeries and multiple miscarriages throughout her short life. She did this painting after her divorce with Diego Rivera another artist and if you look closely in her right figures hand she’s holding his picture. I’ll attach a description of this painting from the web. The original painting is 5 ft 8 so it of course had much more detail than my 20” plus wax gets harder and harder to do the smaller the detail. Hope you all enjoy!
From the web: This painting was completed shortly after her divorce with Diego Rivera. This portrait shows Frida’s two different personalities. One is the traditional Frida in Tehuana costume, with a broken heart, sitting next to an independent, modern dressed Frida. In Frida’s diary, she wrote about this painting and said it is originated from her memory of an imaginary childhood friend. Later she admitted it expressed her desperation and loneliness with the separation from Diego.
In this painting, the two Fridas are holding hands. They both have visible hearts and the heart of the traditional Frida is cut and torn open. The main artery, which comes from the torn heart down to the right hand of the traditional Frida, is cut off by the surgical pincers held in the lap of the traditional Frida. The blood keeps dripping on her white dress and she is in danger of bleeding to death. The stormy sky filled with agitated clouds may reflect Frida’s inner turmoil.