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Frida Kahlo's Greatest Works Of Art

Updated September 23, 2021 405 votes 60 voters 1.7k views20 items

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Frida Kahlo art was often inspired by Mexican folklore and native artfacts. Frida Kahlo artwork explores identity, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. The Frida Kahlo most famous artwork ranges from beautiful paintings like Roots, to depressing and darker pieces such as The Suicide of Dorothy Hale. 

Below you will find Frida Kahlo best paintings, many of which contain themes of fertility, mortality, and rebirth. Which do you think is the Frida Kahlo most famous painting? Vote up your favorites below and check back to see if they rank in the top 10 best Frida Kahlo paintings.

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    Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird is a 1940 artwork by Frida Kahlo.  ...more
    • Artist: Frida Kahlo
    • Subject: Frida Kahlo
    • Genres (Art): Portrait
    • Art Form: Painting
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    Moses

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    This painting was recognized as second prize at the annual art exhibition in the Palacio de Bellas Artes and sometimes is called with name of "Nucleus of Creation." It was commissioned by Don Jose Domingo Lavin. Lavin asked Frida Kahlo to read the book Moses and Monotheism by Freud and paint her understanding and interpretation of this book.

    • Artist: Frida Kahlo
    • Genres (Art): Religious art
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Naïve art
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    The Suicide of Dorothy Hale

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    This is one of Frida's most shocking and controversial paintings, which depicts the details of every step of actress and Ziegfeld showgirl Dorothy Hale's suicide . It shows Hale standing on the balcony, falling to her demise while also lying on the bloody pavement below. Frida painted it in the style of an "ex-voto (retablo)." At the bottom, blood red lettering details the tragic event: "In New York City on the 21st of October 1938, at 6:00 in the morning, Dorothy Hale committed suicide by throwing herself from a very high window in the Hampshire House. In her memory [...], this retablo was executed by Frida Kahlo."

    • Artist: Frida Kahlo
    • Subject: Dorothy Hale
    • Art Form: Painting
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    Roots

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    In this painting, Roots , 1943, Frida Kahlo stated her faith that all life can join in a single flow. In this painting, Frida's torso opens up like a window and gives birth to a vine. It's her dream of being able to give birth as a childless woman. Frida's blood circulates the vine and reaches beyond the leaves' veins and feeds the parched earth. She is dreaming to be a tree of life with her elbow supporting her head on a pillow. Also, with her Catholic background, it's possible she is trying to mimic Christ's sacrifice by having her blood flowing to the grape vine. This implication of a sacrificial target is also reflected in a few of her other paintings.

    • Artist: Frida Kahlo
    • Genres (Art): Portrait
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Naïve art
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