Self-Portrait with Loose Hair (1947) by Frida Kahlo

Self-Portrait with Loose Hair - Frida Kahlo - 1947

Artwork Information

TitleSelf-Portrait with Loose Hair
ArtistFrida Kahlo
MediumOil on Masonite
Dimensions61 x 45 cm
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)
Current LocationDes Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA, US

About Self-Portrait with Loose Hair

The artwork “Self-Portrait with Loose Hair” is a compelling oil on Masonite painting by the illustrious artist Frida Kahlo, completed in 1947. It is an exemplar of the Naïve Art (Primitivism) movement and is notable for its introspective quality as a self-portrait. The painting measures 61 x 45 cm and is presently housed at the Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines, Iowa, United States.

This evocative self-portrait features Frida Kahlo’s visage with her hair flowing loosely around her shoulders, which is somewhat unusual compared to her more commonly depicted coiffed hairdos with braids or flowers. Her gaze is directed straight ahead, allowing the observer to engage with her compelling yet solemn expression. The color palette is somewhat muted with earthy tones, while the texture and patterns of the garments she wears add a layer of richness and depth to the composition. In the background, a mottled pattern, suggestive perhaps of vegetation or dappled light, complements the organic feel of the work. Her name and some of her thoughts are inscribed in Spanish at the bottom of the artwork, providing a poignant personal touch to the piece. This portrait is not only a reflection of Kahlo’s physical appearance but also a window into her emotional and psychological state at the time of its creation.

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