Visual Art Analysis Essay

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Visual Art Analysis:
Self-portrait on the Borderline Between Mexico and the United States by Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait on the Borderline Between Mexico and the United States created in 1932 and it is an oil painting on canvas. at first glance seem to be a very busy painting. The dark gray and brown colors in the background reflect sadness and depression except a few areas that the artist used bright colors. The painting is divided into two sides with Kahlo standing in the middle. The left side of the painting represents Mexico, Kahlo’s birth country, and the right side represents America where she was residing with her husband at the time. When comparing the two sides of the painting, on the left side which represents Mexico, filled with primitive objects is reflecting simplicity, nature and Kahlo’s heritage. The right side on the other hand, reflects a completely industrialized country that Kahlo may view as a place of labor only, where she feels trapped. In this painting, Kahlo seems to explore her true place in the world. She resides in the United States with her husband, Diego, at the time, but her heart belongs to her birth country, Mexico (Public Broadcasting Services
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There is one surrealistic element on this painting is the faces of the Moon and The Sun. It is kind of dream like view of the Sun and the Moon. She uses random objects to tell her story, the things that makes her happy or sad. For example, Kahlo staged fertility dolls on the left side of the painting and these dolls tell the story of the tragic consequences of Kahlo’s accident where she was injured and unable to have children (PBS, 2005). Also on the left side a Pre-Columbian temple placed that shows Kahlo’s interest in her countries history and religious background (PBS, 2005). A strange looking scull behind the fertility doll should represent Kahlo’s acceptance of the natural cycle of life and death (PBS,

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