1930s portrait

Frida Kahlo, Henry Ford Hospital, 1932, oil on canvas, 30.5 x 38 cm, Collection of Dolores Olmedo, Mexico City. Source

Surrounding the hospital bed on which Kahlo lies are objects that relate to the artist's miscarriage. The Tate states that the snail, for instance, is symbolic of how long the miscarriage took to end, whilst the autoclave - a sterilising instrument used for  medical tools - is likely to refer to Kahlo’s own infertility.