Portrait of Dona Rosita Morillo (1944) by Frida Kahlo

Portrait of Dona Rosita Morillo - Frida Kahlo - 1944

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Dona Rosita Morillo
ArtistFrida Kahlo
MediumOil on Masonite
Dimensions75.5 x 59.5 cm
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)
Current LocationDolores Olmedo Collection, Mexico City, Mexico

About Portrait of Dona Rosita Morillo

The artwork titled “Portrait of Dona Rosita Morillo” is a creation by artist Frida Kahlo, completed in the year 1944. The medium used is oil on Masonite, showcasing Kahlo’s engagement with the Naïve Art (Primitivism) movement. This portrait has dimensions of 75.5 x 59.5 cm and belongs to the genre of portraiture, resonating with the individual characteristics of its subject. Currently, this piece is housed in the Dolores Olmedo Collection located in Mexico City, Mexico.

In the artwork, Dona Rosita Morillo is depicted as a mature woman with a solemn and reflective expression. Her hair is white and parted in the middle, swept back into a low bun. Dressed in a traditional black garment, she engages in the act of knitting, with both her hands actively working the needles through a piece of red fabric. The attention to detail in the representation of the hands suggests a sense of purpose and continuous contribution despite her advanced age.

The background of the portrait is filled with an intricate tapestry of green vegetal elements and vividly colored flowers, a contrast to the somber attire of Dona Rosita. It gives the impression of a rich, living backdrop that complements the subject’s own life and experiences. Kahlo’s use of color and texture in the foliage creates depth and adds an additional layer of meaning to the artwork, ostensibly reflecting the intertwined nature of human life and the environment. The juxtaposition of the serene, static subject against the dynamic, organic background evokes a quiet strength and represents a snapshot of cultural identity through the individual portrayed.

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