I have selected Mexico as the country I am featuring this post on. Maybe it’s my desire to visit Mexico that helped me make this choice…I’m not really sure. I think I just enjoy their artwork. All the pieces I have selected were painted in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
The first artist I am displaying is Frida Kahlo. She is a Mexican painter who is known for her self portraits. She has been quoted as saying “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” “I was born a bitch. I was born a painter. ”
I really enjoy artists who do self portraits. I believe it really shows how they feel about themselves, their self-esteem and overall views. The paintings below are 2 of her self portraits from different years. Notice how different they are. In the first painting, she painted herself smaller than in the second.
Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait (1926, Private Collection, Mexico City)
Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait (Dedicated to Leon Trotsky) (1937, National Museum of Women in Arts, Washington)
Another Mexican artist I enjoy is Diego Rivera. He became an established painter at the age of 26. He is known for the painting of his murals. I love murals. I love how they tell a story. The mural below is the first piece in a collection that was painted at The Museum of Modern Art. The museum brought Diego in to paint the mural that was so popular, he ended up added 3 more murals to the museum.
Diego Rivera, Agrarian Leader Zapata (1931, Fresco)
This mural was painted in Detroit between April 1932 to March 1933. It is a 27 panel piece that Diego painted as a tribute to the city’s manufacturing base and labor force.
Diego Rivera, East Wall (1933, Detroit, MI)