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Leonora Carrington dies at 94 in Mexico

Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Frida Kahlo, History | 0 comments

MEXICO CITY—British-born painter, writer and sculptor Leonora Carrington, considered one of the last of the original surrealists, has died, Mexico’s National Arts Council confirmed Thursday. She was 94. Carrington was known for her haunting, dreamlike works that often focused on strange ritual-like scenes with birds, cats, unicorn-like creatures and other animals as onlookers or seeming participants. She was also part of a famous wave of artistic and political emigres who arrived in Mexico in the 1930s and ’40s — and in the male-dominated realm of surrealism, was a member of a rare trio of Mexico-based female surrealists along with Frida Kahlo and Remedios Varo. “She was the last great living surrealist,” said longtime friend and poet Homero Aridjis. “She was a living legend.” Friend and promoter Dr. Isaac Masri said she died Wednesday of old age, after being hospitalized....

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Frida Kahlo’s father wasn’t Jewish after all

Posted by on Apr 11, 2011 in Frida Kahlo, History, News | 0 comments

or decades now, ever since an international revival of interest in the paintings and life of Mexico’s Frida Kahlo, art historians and critics, including this writer, have been writing that Frida’s photographer father was Jewish, possibly of Hungarian origin. A new book devoted to Guillermo Kahlo and his photography reveals that he had no Jewish genes and stemmed from a long line of German Protestants

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The Enigma of Frida Kahlo

Posted by on Sep 22, 2010 in Frida Kahlo, History | 0 comments

Written by Amitai Sasson on October 18, 2009 Frida Kahlo was born in 1907 in a small town on the outskirts of Mexico City. Kahlo was one of four daughters born to a Hungarian-Jewish father and a mother of Spanish and Mexican Indian descent. Her works were largely inspired by indigenous cultures of her up bringing and her magical Mexico — the realist elements of Christian and Jewish traditions combined with surrealist renderings. Although Frida Kahlo brushed her canvas with compact, vibrant hues you cannot help but sense a certain obscurity and vulnerability, most notably in her many self-portraits that symbolically articulate her own pain and sexuality. The sensitive stare beneath her bushy eyebrows serves as an intimate portrayal of the grim realities of her life. Personal struggle aside, Kahlo was controversial for her self-cultivated public persona. The woman...

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