Frida Kahlo’s work oscillates between self stylizing and radical authenticity, relentlessly facing the question of her female identity and at the same time touching the search for identity of an entire nation.
After her death in 1954 initially things have gone quiet around her. Her first rediscovery happened in the feminist movement that saw a projection figure of patriarchal suppression in her. But the recognition she enjoys today does not need the male counterpart as initiator and origin of her feelings and her art anymore. Her painting is rather a self chosen colorful sensuality, dedicated to life and not to moaning. Shortly before her death she noted in her diary: “I hope the end will be cheerful and I wish never to come back.”