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ENC 1110 The Two Fridas by Frida Kahlo Thesis Statement

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Maria Trebol Rojas
Professor Chambless
ENC1101
20 August 2020
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Thesis Statement: The Two Fridas by Frida Kahlo, based on an iconographic analysis of The
Two Fridas, Kahlo wanted to express her grieving that came with her divorce from the famous
artist, Diego Rivera. Kahlo expressed the grief over her divorce through two identical Fridas by
using bold colors such as red and blue with a stormy background that represents her emotional
turmoil. The Two Fridas also symbolizes her multiples identities, such as her European and
Mexican personalities. It also represents her lonely because Kahlo had no longer a partner to
hold her. Finally, the vein that connects both Fridas hearts denotes that Frida’s best friend was
herself.
Annotated Bibliography
“Frida Kahlo Biography.” A&E Television Networks.
https://www.biography.com/artist/frida-kahlo, 02 Apr. 2014. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.
This article talks about the talented artist and feminist Frida. Frida Kahlo was a Mexican
painter, who started painting self-portraits after having suffered a bus accident at age 18. The
article mentions the devastation to her body due to her accident and illness, which were the main
reasons why Frida started painting. Today, Kahlo is famous because of the way her emotions
were incorporated into her paintings. The author of this article offers concrete information about
Frida Kahlo, who is now considered a symbol of feminist creativity.

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The author of this article talks about Frida’s turbulent marriage with the famous muralist,
Diego Rivera and how they went through difficult situations during their marriage which led to
many separations. It is important to mention that this article enhances how sad Frida was because
of Rivera’s infidelities, including an affair with her sister, Cristina. These sad moments in her
relationship, her miscarriage in 1934, and her divorce in 1939 made Frida painted her emotions
into The Two Fridas.
To conclude, the article is considered reliable because the author examines some of the
most notables’ paintings of Frida to prove the thesis that Kahlo used her emotions and feelings to
draw her paintings.
“The Two Fridas by Frida Kahlo.” (n.d.) http://www.kahlo.org/two-fridas/. Accessed 18 Aug.
2020.
The Two Fridas is a self-portrait painted in 1939 by Frida Kahlo from her bed due to her
ill health. This painting is considered one of her most iconic, famous, and important works since
it was her first large-scale oil painting. Kahlo painted it while her divorce with Diego Rivera was
being processed. This is a huge painting in which the figures are almost life-size, and like all her
paintings, it symbolizes what Frida was living and experiencing at the time.
One of the most important facts that the author mentions is that this painting achieved the
highest fee for a painting during Kahlo’s life. The Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City
purchased The Two Fridas for four thousand pesos in 1947. They additionally paid thirty-six
pesos for the frame.
The author of the article mentions that the first things the audience see in this self-portrait
are two identical Fridas sitting on a wooden bench with straw. Also, both Fridas’ hearts are

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Maria Trebol Rojas Professor Chambless ENC1101 20 August 2020 Proposal Thesis Statement: The Two Fridas by Frida Kahlo, based on an iconographic analysis of The Two Fridas, Kahlo wanted to express her grieving that came with her divorce from the famous artist, Diego Rivera. Kahlo expressed the grief over her divorce through two identical Fridas by using bold colors such as red and blue with a stormy background that represents her emotional turmoil. The Two Fridas also symbolizes her multiples identities, such as her European and Mexican personalities. It also represents her lonely because Kahlo had no longer a partner to hold her. Finally, the vein that connects both Fridas’ hearts denotes that Frida’s best friend was herself. Annotated Bibliography “Frida Kahlo Biography.” A&E Television Networks. https://www.biography.com/artist/frida-kahlo, 02 Apr. 2014. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020. This article talks about the talented artist and feminist Frida. Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter, who started painting self-portraits after having suffered a bus accident at age 18. The article mentions the devastation to her body due to her accident and illness, which were the main reasons why F ...
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