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Frida Kahlo Brooklyn Museum Exhibition Self Portrait with Monkeys (Autorretrato con monos), 1943

Brooklyn Museum Exhibition

Self Portrait with Monkeys (Autorretrato con monos), 1943 Oil on canvas from: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art and The Vergel Collection

Brooklyn Museum Exhibition Notes: Over the years, Kahlo and Rivera kept numerous pets at the Blue House. Kahlo often included them in her self-portraits a surrogate children or as entities symbolic of the natural world. Here, her four monkeys seem mysterious, intrusive and ominous. The bird-of-paradise plant with gnawed leaves and the monkey’s snakelike tail suggest the Garden of Eden and its demise.

(A lo largo de los años, Kahlo y Rivera tuvieron numerosas mascotas en la Casa Azul. Kahlo solía incluirlas con frecuencia en sus autorretratos, como hijos substitutos o como entidades simbólicas del mundo natural. Aquí, sus cuatro monos lucen invadidos, misteriosos y ominosos. Las hojas roídas de la plante ave del paraíso y la cola del mono se asemeja a la de una serpiente, evocan el jardín del Eden y su desaparición.)

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