Roots (Raices) (1943) by Frida Kahlo

Roots (Raices) - Frida Kahlo - 1943

Artwork Information

TitleRoots (Raices)
ArtistFrida Kahlo
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions30.5 x 499 cm
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Roots (Raices)

The artwork “Roots (Raíces)” is a celebrated oil on canvas by Frida Kahlo, completed in 1943. It is rendered in a style that aligns with Naïve Art or Primitivism and measures 30.5 x 49 cm. A self-portrait of the artist, it currently resides in a private collection. This piece is particularly compelling as it captures the essence of Kahlo’s emotional landscape and personal narrative.

In the artwork, Frida Kahlo portrays herself lying on barren ground, with roots extending from her body and intertwining with the parched earth around her. The roots are not only a literal representation of her connection to the ground but also a symbolic depiction of her feelings of attachment and belonging to the natural world. The color palette is earthy with browns, tans, and the vivid orange of her attire, offering a stark contrast to her dark hair and the deep, introspective gaze that is directed outward, confronting the viewer. The leaves and roots suggest vitality and growth despite the desolation of the surrounding landscape, resonating with themes of personal pain, endurance, and regeneration that frequently permeate Kahlo’s work. This self-portrait encapsulates the complexities of her identity and the intimate reflections of her inner self.

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