Frida Kahlo, born July 6, 1907, was a Mexican painter, who achieved great popularity throughout her career. Frida, as well as being influenced by her culture, also had another major influence that sculpted the way her artworks were made, her psychological state.
In Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, Kahlo mixes indigenous Aztec tradition with Christian imagery. The thorn necklace echoes Christ's Crown of Thorns while at the same echoes Aztec practices where priests performed self-mutilation with agave thorns and stingray spines.
Frida Kahlo’s Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird and Still Life with Parrot and Fruit, from the Harry Ransom Center’s Nickolas Muray collection of Mexican art, are currently on view at the New York Botanical Garden’s exhibition Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life.Running through November 1, the exhibition opened in mid-May and features a re-creation of Kahlo’s garden at her.
Freud’s Psychoanalysis in Art: Frida Kahlo’s Surrealism One of the most influential social scientists of his time, Sigmund Freud and his theories on psychoanalysis remains relevant today in the study of human personality and the influence of the subconscious on human thinking and behavior.
Self-Portrait With Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird shows a woman who appears trapped in a life of unending pain. Her neck and shoulders are encased in a network of thorns, which may be a reference to the crown of thorns Christ was forced to wear when he was crucified.
In the self-portrait, Kahlo wears a necklace made out of thorns and adorned with a seemingly lifeless hummingbird — a symbol alluding to the biblical Crown of Thorns. Her stoic expression in the painting is typical of Kahlo, who — even when devastated over her divorce — stated that “at the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”.
Introduction of the essay. This essay will focus on the work of Frida Kahlo, a Mexican female artist. This analysis aims to reveal the personal characteristics of the artist, by examining Kahlo’s choice of subject matter and investigating what drives her to create art that is so bold and defiant.
One of the many portraits that Kahlo made is an oil on canvas painting, made in 1940 called, “Frida Kahlo portrait with thorn necklace.” This artwork is composed of a monkey and a cat on Kahlo’s shoulders with a bird on a necklace.