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Self portrait dedicated to Leon Trotsky

Painting, 1937, 87×70 cm

Description of the artwork «Self portrait dedicated to Leon Trotsky»

Numerous lovers (and lovers) Frida Kahlo was legendary during her lifetime, and eventually they are overgrown with rumors and speculation. However, to record the artist in Heartbreakers and seductress, perhaps not. Of course, she was a model of conjugal fidelity, but the main man in her life always remained Diego Rivera that and he never hid his countless novels.

A love affair between Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky were much less severe, long-lasting and passionate than is commonly believed. Of course, the disgraced Russian was captivated by the exotic beauty of a strong and temperamental woman with a concrete character, and Frida, in turn, is flattered by the attention of such an outstanding individual. But their romance lasted a couple of months, after which the "old man", as a disparaging began to call Trotsky Frida, quickly bore her. She ended the relationship, goodbye, leaving the ex-lover-portrait, which was most likely another prank than a confession of deep feelings.

Like most self-portraits, Frida depicted herself in traditional Mexican clothing and woven with flowers in hair. In her hand she holds a sheet of paper with the inscription: "I dedicate this painting to Leon Trotsky, with all my love, November 7, 1937. Frida Kahlo, San Angel, Mexico City". Seductive and self-assured, Frida, it seems that would be hidden behind framing her figure-curtains, like a theater curtain that is getting ready to close after the presentation.

Frida gave this portrait of Trotsky in his birthday. But when in 1939 he moved to another apartment that became his final resting place, the picture at the insistence of Trotsky's wife Natalia Sedova, was left in the house of Frida and Diego. For the first time the portrait was presented to the public in 1938 under the name "Between the curtains" at the first exhibition of Kahlo in new York. In 1940 the painting was bought longtime girlfriend Frida, American writer and politician Clare Boothe Luce. She later gave a portrait of Washington to the National Museum of women in the arts, where it can be seen in the permanent exhibition.

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Portrait

Style of art: Primitivism (Naїv art)

Technique: Oil

Materials: Masonic

Date of creation: 1937

Size: 87×70 cm

Artwork in selections: 29 selections