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  • ICAA Record ID
    753070
    AUTHOR
    Freund, Gisèle
    TITLE
    Imagen de Frida Kahlo / Por Gisèle Freund
    IN
    Novedades : México en la Cultura (México, D. F., México). -- No. 123 (Jun. 10, 1951)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 1-2 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Freund, Gisele. "Imagen de Frida Kahlo." Novedades: México en la cultura (Mexico City), no.123 (June 1951): 1-2.
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Synopsis

From her perspective as a foreigner, Gisèle Freund regarded Frida Kahlo’s painting as an interpretation not only of the Mexican people, both their problems and aspirations, but also of the problems of all the peoples on the earth. Freund believed that an artist’s value should not be based on the number of works produced, but rather in the artist’s capacity to capture the time in which he/she lived. In this sense Kahlo could not be criticized for focusing her work on herself. From this perspective, an artist can only paint from her own experience.

Annotations

Although Gisèle Freund (1912–2000) shared a gendered viewpoint with Kahlo, as a foreigner she maintained a certain biased attitude toward Mexican artworks. In a sense, the French-German photographer arrived in Mexico influenced by the art gaze of Fernando Gamboa, the principal promoter of Mexican art. Around 1949 Gamboa and Diego Rivera (1886–1957) invited her to Mexico, a period during which she took photographs of Frida Kahlo (1907–1954). The painter’s image produced strange fascination among her contemporaries, indeed Freund was the subject of innumerable works by some of the most recognized photographers of the era: Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Héctor García, Bernice Kolko, Imogen Cunningham, and Nickolas Muray, among others.  The importance of this document stems from the fact that Gisèle Freund took photographs of the Mexican art scene from a foreigner’s approach and these images have been used by several historiographers to interpret Mexican art.

Researcher
Mireida Velázquez
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Location
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas : Biblioteca Nacional/Hemeroteca Nacional. Mexico D.F., México.