A visit to Frida Kahlo’s Brooklyn Museum exhibition – “The Bride Who Becomes Frightened When She Sees Life Open” (“La novia que se espanta de ver la vida abierta”) (1943)

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907 – 1954) (Program notes from Brooklyn Museum February 2019 Exhibition on Frida Kahlo) “The Bride Who Becomes Frightened When She Sees Life Open” (“La novia que se espanta de ver la vida abierta”) (1943) Oil on canvas from The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art and The Vergel Collection

“Kahlo’s still-life paintings reflect her love of Mexico’s sumptuous fruits, with their connotations of fertility. The watermelon, sharing the colors of the Mexican flag, evokes national identity.

She painted this work for André Breton’s wife, Jacqueline Lamba, whom Kahlo biked much better than Breton. Kahlo includes in the composition a small doll that she bought in Paris when she met Lamba for the first time.”

“Las naturalezas muertas de Kahlo reflejan su amor por las frutas suntuosas de México, con sus connotaciones de fertilidad. La sandia, con los mismos colores de la bandera mexicana, evoca la identidad nacional.

Pintó esta obra para la esposa de André Breton, Jacqueline Lamba, a quien Kahlo apreciaba mas que a Breton. Kahlo incluye en la composición una pequeña muñeca que compró en Paris cuando conocía a Lamba por primera vez.”

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