Frida Kahlo is so well known for her self-portraits and surrealism but she also did a lot of landscapes. These have been largely forgotten in popular culture. After her bus accident and hospital stay, she painted this rooftop scene… she has moved away from her more naive style and is trying to show Mexico moving into a more industrial era. Even though it’s a nicely painted painting, I get the impression she does not like the inevitable urbanisation. While we love artists for their well-known work and we hold their favourites in the font of our busy minds, it is important to remember that they are or were a complete person. They experimented with different styles, made works that they did or did not like and were much more than a machine punching out the greatest hits. I love how simple and desolate this scene is and it speaks to the complexity that was Frida Kahlo ♥
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