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The Broken Column

Frida Kahlo

The Broken Column

Frida Kahlo
  • Original Title: La Columna Rota
  • Date: 1944
  • Style: Naïve Art (Primitivism)
  • Genre: self-portrait
  • Media: oil, masonite
  • Tag: famous-people, Frida-Kahlo, female-portraits, disease-and-treatment
  • Dimensions: 43 x 33 cm

Kahlo was 18 years old when she was involved in a horrific traffic accident, in which an iron rod pierced her abdomen, right foot was crushed, and two vertebrae were fractured, as well as a number of other bones, including eleven fractures in her right leg. As she recovered in a full body cast, her mother brought her a small lap easel, and, with a mirror over her bed, began painting self-portraits. This self-portrait embodies many elements that were in Kahlo’s artwork, including the themes of isolation, a broken body, and intense suffering and pain. This painting also embodies another one of Kahlo’s themes, that of two bodies, one of which she is a complete and full bodied woman, and another, reflecting broken insides.

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