Tuesday, 20 January 2009

frida








Finally, I understand why so many people love the works of Frida Kahlo. I have to admit they were a little lost on me previously. You know - the works where she has her unborn son son levitating above a bed. A little too much information, perhaps. And a little too surreal. But I think once you have more of an appreciation of her life story - and what a tragedy that was - her paintings can be seen in a completely different way.

This new appreciation is thanks to the film Frida, which I finally watched the other night on DVD. At first I regreted my choice. The acting seemed a little contrived and the script a little cheesy. But once it got going, I was enthralled. Of course, I am a bit of a sucker for stories about artists. But I loved the more surreal edges to the film - when the paintings become the action and vice versa. I was also fascinated to learn of her relationship with Trotsky. I studied the Russian revolution at high school for what seemed like an eternity. But what perhaps won me over was her determination to keep painting no matter what obstacles she faced during life. A true inspiration.

10 comments:

Fifi Flowers said...

I REALLY liked that movie! I appreciate her art though many of her works do not appeal to moi. It is great that she was able to express her tragedies through her painting.

Miss Lady Finger said...

This is one of my favorite films! I'm so glad you enjoyed it x

Natalie Walton said...

Fifi, it does often seem that the truly great, great artists have some sort of "event" or "tragedy" that pushes them to achieve greater and greater things. Of course, they're incredibly hard workers too. I'm always amazed by Picasso's output. He was painting in his 90s!

Natalie Walton said...

What did you love about the film, Miss Lady Finger?

Esther said...

I never saw that film, but I'll go and rent it soon!

Loz and Dinny said...

I love Frida Kahlo - I once drove from Melbourne to Canberra just to see the exhibiiton of her work ... truly inspiring and beautiful. While I am here - thank you - I really enjoy your blog :)

Natalie Walton said...

Thanks Loz. Or is it Dinny? ;-)
I would love to see an exhibition of her works. The film has definitely sparked my interest.

mikodesign said...

I really like her work and think the film was great, we are planning a Frida themed birthday party for my daughter.

Natalie Walton said...

Ooooh, Miko. Sounds like a great idea. Are you basing the party on her colours? artworks? Would love to know more!

annabelle said...

I love Frida, last year i saw her exhibiton in Vienna and I was absolutely amazed!

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