In Her Own Voice

Kahlo once said, “I paint my own reality…I paint what ever passes through my head without any other consideration. I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”

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“Las Dos Fridas” (1939)

This is one of Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits. This shows herself as two different personalities. The Frida on the right was the part of her that was respected and loved by her ex-husband Diego, and the Frida on the left showed the part of her person that was abandoned by Diego. The Frida on the right’s heart is whole, while the Frida on the left’s heart appears broken and bleeding. The abandoned Frida is holding scissors cutting a vein that attaches both Fridas’ hearts together, symbolizing the detachment of her beloved self from her miserable self. The clouds in the background reflect Frida’s inner turmoil. Both Fridas hold each other’s hand, showing that she can only rely on herself.

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