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  • ICAA Record ID
    753118
    TITLE
    Frida Kahlo / por Luis Cardoza y Aragón
    IN
    Novedades : México en la Cultura (México, D. F., México). -- May. 3, 1953
    DESCRIPTION
    p. [6] : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Newspaper article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Cardoza y Aragón, Luis. "Frida Kahlo." Novedades: México en la cultura (Mexico City), May 3, 1953.
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Synopsis

Cardoza y Aragón believes Mexican painting had reached a unique and magnificent era and in his judgment, some of the works by Frida Kahlo were “some of the best” that had been produced in the last fifteen years. He describes her work as “tragic, refined and bloody painting,” an act of catharsis through which the artist sought to free herself from suffering in order to exalt life. Moreover, he believes the pre-Hispanic past had a presence in her work, unlike Surrealism. According to Cardoza y Aragón, to believe that Surrealism can be found in her painting is to ignore the land and character of Mexico.

Annotations

Many of Frida Kahlo’s (1907–1954) contemporaries believed her identification with Surrealism was a forced interpretation. It resulted from the lack of understanding regarding her true background: a deep identification with the traditions, language, and folk art of Mexico. The Guatemalan critic Luis Cardoza y Aragón (1901–1992) lived in Mexico and experienced the transformation of the artist’s visual language and the life span of her painting. His friendship with Kahlo began when she married Diego Rivera (1886–1957).  Cardoza y Aragón’s articles on Kahlo’s œuvre can be regarded as an act of validation; he was one of the first critics to study various artists whose work had been really eclipsed by the overwhelming presence of the muralism movement in Mexico.

Researcher
Mireida Velázquez
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
Courtesy of Fondo Patrimonial En Beneficio De El Colegio de México, A.C., Mexico City, Mexico
Location
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas : Biblioteca Nacional/Hemeroteca Nacional. México D.F., México