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Today, Frida Kahlo is considered the founder of Mexican modernism and the brightest figure in Mexican culture. She is adored and known throughout the world. Recently, a large collection of materials related to the artist has appeared on the Web – Google Arts & Culture, in collaboration with 33 museums, created the project “Faces of Frida”. This review contains paintings by Kahlo that have become autobiographical.

In total, the collection contains about 800 artifacts related to the artist: essays by her biographers and critics, little-known sketches, drafts and early works, letters and photographs of the artist, items of her wardrobe.

1. “Accident”, 1926

A sketch of the catastrophe in which Frida Kahlo fell, having received numerous serious injuries.

2. “Self-portrait”, 1926

The Mexican artist painted herself so often that she was nicknamed the “Queen of Self-portraits”.

3. “Four inhabitants of Mexico”, 1938

Frida Kahlo transferred her longing for unfulfilled motherhood to the canvas with the help of paint and a brush.

4. “Self-portrait on the border between Mexico and the United States of America”, 1932

In her painting, the artist compares the harmony of nature and man with the soulless vanity of the Western world.

5. “Self-portrait with a monkey and a parrot”, 1942

Frida Kahlo tried to find a symbolic replacement for children in pets, which she often depicted in her paintings.

6. “Self-portrait with cropped hair”, 1940

The Mexican artist painted such a self-portrait after the completion of the divorce proceedings with Diego Rivera.

7. The Two Frida, 1939

This picture Frida Kahlo painted under the impression after a breakup with her husband Diego Rivera.

8. “Henry Ford Hospital”, 1932

Frida Kahlo is the first artist who addressed the topic of losing a child in her works.

9. “My dress hangs here,” 1933

An ironic portrait of American capitalism depicted by Frida Kahlo.

10. “What did the water give me”, 1938

The main theme of the work of the Mexican artist was pain – both mental and physical.

11. “Self-portrait with a thorn necklace and a hummingbird”, 1940

Because of this picture, filled with many semantic symbols, Frida Kahlo was often accused of blasphemy.

12. “Sleep (Bed)”, 1940

Tired of the constant severe pain in the back, pelvis and leg, the Mexican artist began to think more often about her disappearance from life.

13. The Roots, 1943

Frida Kahlo loved her homeland, and she embodied patriotism in original and symbolic paintings.

14. The Broken Column, 1944

The most famous of the paintings of the Mexican artist is a vivid example of stamina and strength.

15. “Hopelessness”, 1945

Frida Kahlo depicted her worries about health caused by the wrong dosage of the medicine and the new corset in the picture.

16. “Frida and Stalin”, 1954

One of the few paintings that the cult artist devoted to her political views.

17. “Marxism grants healing to the sick”, 1954

The painting expresses the vivid sympathy of the Mexican artist for Marxist ideology.

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