Henry Ford Hospital (1932) by Frida Kahlo

Henry Ford Hospital - Frida Kahlo - 1932

Artwork Information

TitleHenry Ford Hospital
ArtistFrida Kahlo
MediumOil on Metal
Dimensions30.5 x 38 cm
Art MovementSurrealism
Current LocationDolores Olmedo Collection, Mexico City, Mexico
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About Henry Ford Hospital

Henry Ford Hospital is an iconic 1932 self-portrait by Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. It is an intimate painting that depicts her experience after a miscarriage in Detroit; lying on the bed while naked and bleeding. The painting captures her physical pain as well as her emotional distress as she tries to process the tragedy. In this work, Kahlo also includes symbols that refer to fear and isolation, such as the twisted body and the tips of the blankets in contrast with a petrified environment. The painting has a very intimating space — much like her1938 piece Fruits of the Earth — which serves to emphasize her feelings during this difficult time. The unashamed expression of Kahlo’s vulnerability leaves viewers with a sense of solidarity, reminding us how important it is to never shy away from expressing our emotions in times of hardship. Fruits Of The Earth by Frida Kahlo from 1938 demonstrates this through its vibrant colors that emphasize how nature can always be sought out for solace and healing, upholding our shared humanity no matter what circumstance we are in.

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