This artwork by Frida Kahlo is one of the few still life paintings she made towards the end of her life. Titled “Fruits of the Earth” when it was first created in 1938, it was later changed to “Still Life with Pitahayas.” The painting, measuring 60 centimeters by 40.6 centimeters, is Kahlo’s largest still life painting to date and is painted on masonite.
Kahlo used native Mexican artifacts and fruit to create a statement about nationalism and Mexican independence. In this painting, there are five pitahayas which are written from left to right across the masonite board. The fruits signify sustenance and recovery from injury; Frida Kahlo painted this during her own recovery from a serious injury.
The painting “Fruits of the Earth” gives insight into Kahlo’s values of Mexico and its culture, as well as her determination to heal organsiially as well is physically recouperate after suffering an illness or injury. It also serves as an ode to Mexican culture in which people rely on the land for their livelihoods and independence.
Another artwork depicting the same themes is titled “A Few Small Nips,” created in 1935 by Frida Kahlo. This piece has many similarities but some clear differences that help viewers distinguish between them both culturally and symbolically.