The smallest, most perfect painting – Frida Kahlo captures my heart

The smallest, most perfect painting – Frida Kahlo captures my heart

Just one very small, beautiful exhibit makes going to the Royal Academy’s current exhibition Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910-1940, worth it. A Frida Kahlo self portrait*. I don’t recall ever seeing a Frida Kahlo in its flesh. If a painting that was barely a few inches tall could stun me then I’m pretty sure I would have remembered it. Even though I studied History of Art (with Film Studies – yes, I know!), my studies in the mid 90s did not cover Mexican art. Yes, I did the American artists and the Primitives, but I never touched Mexico. It was through my Mexican friend, who introduced me to many of life’s good experiences (sipping, not slamming Tequila anyone?), that suddenly a whole new world opened up and Frida Kahlo moved into my spectrum.

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