“Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair” was the first self-portrait legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo painted after her divorce from Diego Rivera. Expressing the anguish of her loss and renouncing her feminine image, Kahlo (1907 – 1954) has just cut off the long hair Rivera adored, and is wearing a suit that probably belonged to him. The artwork suggests Kahlo yearned for the freedom and independence of a man. In the piece, she is surrounded by a vast empty space evocative of her loneliness and despair, compounded by the song verse above her: “See, if I loved you, it was for your hair, Now you’re bald, I don’t love you anymore.”
Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954) was a legendary Mexican painter whose striking artworks reflected a lifetime of unbearable pain, emotional upheaval and her volatile marriage to artist Diego Rivera. Surviving polio, Kahlo was 18 when she was seriously injured in a devastating bus accident, and began painting in bed while she slowly recovered. Kahlo endured a lifetime of operations and a partial amputation of her right leg, conveying her agony through stark self-portraits that were deliberately Naïve and influenced by the Mexican folk art she loved. Kahlo created more than 200 artworks in her short life, and was the first woman to sell a painting to the esteemed Louvre in Paris.
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