mouth of hell
Thomas de Saluces, Le Chevalier errant, Paris ca. 1403-1404.
BnF, Français 12559, p. 192
Dove (Red)…new etching…
I made this bloody Dove with the idea that I hope the shooting of children in this city stops…We’ve always been a violent place—our history is written in bullets…it is also, fortunately, written in great songs, books, paintings, dances and poems; and this usually outweighs the burdensome sorrows we carry with us in our story as a city. Here is hoping we can stop writing our story in the blood of Chicago’s children…
Pascual Di Bianco (Argentine, 1930)
Performer in a Cuban-operated circus carrying an anaconda (non-indigenous) snake in Camagüey, Cuba (circa 1942)
Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954; Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán.
Perhaps best known for her self-portraits, Kahlo’s work is remembered for its “pain and passion”, and its intense, vibrant colors. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.
Her work has also been described as surrealist, and in 1938 André Breton, principal initiator of the surrealist movement, described Kahlo’s art as a “ribbon around a bomb”.
During her lifetime, Frida created some 200 paintings, drawings and sketches related to her experiences in life, physical and emotional pain and her turbulent relationship with Diego. She produced 143 paintings, 55 of which are self-portraits. When asked why she painted so many self-portraits, Frida replied: “Because I am so often alone….because I am the subject I know best.”
She also stated, “I was born a bitch. I was born a painter.” (x)
Bay, ca 1900, Franz von Stuck. Germany (1863 - 1928)
- Etching on Paper -
Matthias van Sommer (1650-1670), Death stands among the clouds embracing a young woman (at left) with her hands joined in prayer and an old woman who reaches for coin filled goblet filled (lower right), nd.
Frida Kahlo’s diary