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Caption"Through her paintings she breaks all the taboos of the woman's body and of female sexuality." Diego Rivera. . ________________ The feeling that the artist expresses in her self-portraits touches something much more universal within us. Frida Kahlo wore her Mexican birth with a fierce pride that would not be in vogue until decades after her death. The offspring of a multicultural and interracial marriage came to be identified as the quintessential Mexican woman. Enigmatic Frida had many lovers of both sexes an represented herself as an androgynous creature in her paintings. The drama Kahlo's life filled with great psychological torment and physical agony yet lived with inspired gusto continues to live as real life inspiration.______________ Since her rediscovery in the 1970s one of the few people to openly criticize Kahlo for her politics was her fellow countryman the late Nobel laureate Octavio Paz. In Essays on Mexican Art he questions whether someone could be both a great artist and "a despicable cur." In the end he says they can but suggests that because of the way they embraced Stalin "Diego and Frida ought not to be subjects of beatification but objects of study--and of repentance . . . the weaknesses taints and defects that show up in the works of Diego and Frida are moral in origin. The two of them betrayed their great gifts and this can be seen in their painting. An artist may commit political errors and even common crimes but the truly great artists--Villon or Pound Caravaggio or Goya--pay for their mistakes and thereby redeem their art and their honor."
HeadlineThe Trouble With Frida Kahlo
Keywordsblack-madonna octavio-paz Kahlo Guadalupe xochiquetzal androgynous
Copyright Noticewashington monthly.com/f eatures/2001/ by Stephanie Mencimer
Byline (Photographer)Stephanie Mencimer
URLhttp://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2001/0206.mencimer.html
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