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The article mentions several of the traits that make Frida Kahlo quite unique, even today, and combines some of them with certain elements that gave her production its distinct quality. Kahlo’s work, according to Cardona Peña is distinguished by a duality between the “nocturnal forces of depression” and the “daily, beautiful [forces] of earth and sex.” The painter fluctuates between profound, personal expression and watching a drama unfold that drives her to create brutal scenes. In the eyes of the critic, Kahlo’s art is a reflection of the Surrealist idea of expressing one’s own mind and being an “intelligent revenge of the earth spirits against the impositions of civilization.”
A year after her death, México en la Cultura dedicated a special issue to her memory as a follow-up to the article on the activities of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) in the final years of her life. Her personal friends—Carlos Pellicer, Antonio Rodríguez, and Luis Cardoza y Aragón, among others—took charge of developing her myth. They combined vignettes from her life with the essential elements of her œuvre, in search of an explanation that could prove to be a justification, because some of her works are still too “bloody” for Mexican tastes.