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Frida Kahlo And Her Portrayal As A Modern Muse

Saloni Pareek 30 Nov 2019

Frida Kahlo is one of the most inspiring Mexican artists of the 20th century. She expressed the ups and downs, tragedies and injuries through her paintings. She has been a muse, an inspiration and an idol to a generation of artists. Here we bring you some artworks where the artist portrays Frida through their eyes.

1) Unmasking Her Beauty

My Frida 1 By Gautam Sarkar

My Frida 1 by Gautam Sarkar

Artist Gautam Sarkar’s Frida portrait resembles a Bengali woman with a happy expression, Gulmohar flowers on her head, mynas and other Indian birds hovering around her protectively.

2) Pain, Pleasure, And Everything In Between

 Frida Kahlo 2 By Avijit Mukerjee

Frida Kahlo 2 by Avijit Mukerjee

Avijit Mukerjee with his intrinsic work has reimagined Frida in a very personal way. He claims to have a special bond with Frida which makes him feel connected to her. For his work, he has combined pain and joy for the settings, moods, and objects featured in this artwork to best describe Frida and her life.

3) A Strong Woman Of Bengal

Kali Kahlo With Hookah And Cat By Bhaskar Chitrakar

Kali Kahlo With Hookah And Cat by Bhaskar Chitrakar

Bhaskar Chitrakar has presented Frida as a strong woman of Bengal in traditional Kalighat style. He resonated with Frida’s love for colours, animals, and flowers. He has replaced Indian clothes in place of her Mexican dress and shows her with wild animals, jewelry and flowing hair. What remains unchanged is the essence of the woman, her steady gaze and her untrimmed brows.

4) In Sequins and Swarowskis 

Frida And Me Xxxi By Kanchan Chander

Frida And Me Xxxi by Kanchan Chander

For her homage to Frida, Kanchan Chander has used sequins, swarovskis, laces and wrapping paper on a digitally manipulated image of Frida to showcase her as a woman with many intricacies.

5) Through The Youth And The Emptiness In Her Sufferings

"Septum" By Viraag Desai

"Septum" by Viraag Desai

Viraags’s detailed ode to Frida invites the viewer’s eye to move from the bottom upwards.  His intricate work features Frida’s days of youth, flowing hair, love, and romance. As we move upwards, we see the setting of starkness as her surgeries fade away all her hopes.

View more works inspired by Frida Kahlo here- Re-Imagining Frida

 

 

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