Memory, the Heart, 1937 by Frida Kahlo

Memory, the Heart, 1937 by Frida Kahlo
Courtesy of www.FridaKahlo.org

In this self-portrait, Memory, the Heart 1937, Frida Kahlo expressed her misery and resent over the affair happened two years ago between Diego Rivera and Cristina. In this painting, her face has no expression but with all tears. She cropped her hair and was wearing the European-style clothes, which style was her favorite when she was separated from Diego Rivera. And as always, she use the physical wounds to imply her psychic injuries.

In the background was her schoolgirl outfit and her Tehuana costume and each set of clothes has one arm, with Frida Kahlo standing there without arms and seems helpless. She stands there with one food on the ground and the other in the sea. The foot put over the sea wears an apparatus and suggested the recent food surgery she was undergoing.

Memory, the Heart delivered a direct and simple meaasge: she was heart broken. Her huge heart lies on the ground at her feet and was pumping rivers of blood in the the background landscape. Her body was pierced bu a steel rod with seesawing cupids on either end, which created an accurate visualization of the sensation of pain.