Tree of Hope (1946) by Frida Kahlo

Tree of Hope - Frida Kahlo - 1946

Artwork Information

TitleTree of Hope
ArtistFrida Kahlo
MediumOil on Masonite
Dimensions55.9 x 40.6 cm
Art MovementSurrealism
Current LocationDaniel Filipacchi Collection, Paris, France
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About Tree of Hope

Tree Of Hope, Remain Firm is an artwork painted by Frida Kahlo in 1946. The painting itself measures 55.9 x 40.6cm and is one of her most notable works, being created for one of her patrons, the engineer Eduardo Morillo Safa. The painting itself depicts a woman’s silhouette in the center with a bright yellow tree behind it as if it was growing out of her body to signify hope and a will to remain strong no matter the situation.

Interestingly enough, this piece was created only 3 years before another one of Frida’s most well known pieces entitled The Two Fridas which depicts two women seated together, both holding hands with their hearts visible. Though this painting has a markedly different story than Tree Of Hope: Remaining Firm, both speak to the idea of emotional connection and having strength amidst great adversity—two key themes throughout Kahlo’s artworks . Keeping this in mind, it’s interesting to envision how these emotions have evolved from Tree Of Hope to The Two Fridas—where instead of hope coming from within we observe two individuals coming together for emotional support from each other providing twice the strength amidst difficulty.

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