Frida Kahlo

“Kötü günümde yanımda olmadığın zaman vazgeçtim. Canın sıkıldığında benimle paylaşmadığını, kırılacak veya tedirgin olacak olsam bile düşüncelerini açıkça söylemediğini anladığım zaman vazgeçtim. Bana yalan söylediğini anladığım zaman vazgeçtim. Gözlerime baktığında kalbinle bakmadığını ve bana hala söylemediğin şeyler olduğunu hissettiğimde vazgeçtim. Her sabah benimle uyanmak istemediğini, geleceğimizin hiçbir yere gitmediğini anladığım zaman vazgeçtim. Düşüncelerime ve değerlerime değer vermediğin için vazgeçtim. Ağrılarımı dindirecek sıcak sevgiyi bana vermediğinde vazgeçtim. Sadece kendi mutluluğunu ve geleceğini düşünerek beni hiçe saydığın için vazgeçtim. Tablolarımda artık kendimi mutlu çizemediğim ve tek neden sen olduğun için vazgeçtim. Bencil olduğun için vazgeçtim! Bunlardan sadece bir tanesi senden vazgeçmem için yeterli değildi; çünkü sevgim yüceydi. Ama hepsini düşündüğümde senin benden çoktan vazgeçtiğini anladım. Bu yüzden ben de senden vazgeçtim…
Beni anlamadın demeyeceğim. Beni anladın. Zaten en dayanılmaz acı buydu. Sen beni anladın. Anladığın halde canımı yaktın Diego…”

-Frida Kahlo

Just reblogged this post and while there is a lot of truth to it, I don’t hate anyone for glorifying and focusing mostly on Frida Kahlo. Her works are amazing after all and she is very well known. I’m sure there are many pretentious people on here that really don’t care about female artists and just want to come off as hip and tolerant by loving Kahlo to death but there are probably just as many people who simply haven’t heard of any other artists that fit the description of the original post.

So, I thought it would be cool to make a little list with artists like that, in case you do care and want to get to know more cool female artists:

  • Artemisia Gentileschi: Baroque, painted lots of women from the bible
  • Tamara de Lempicka: Art Deco, “the first woman artist to be a glamour star” (according to Wikipedia)
  • Helen Frankenthaler: Abstract Expressionism, contributed to post-war art in America, important artist of the Colour Field painting technique
  • Alexa Meade: essentially inverted trompe l'oeil, she paints people to look like they’re paintings
  • Louise Bourgeois: Modern artist and sculptor, also known as “Spiderwoman” because of her giant spider sculptures
  • Lee Krasner: Abstract Expressionism, one of the few women to have a retrospective show at the MoMA. 
  • Käthe Kollwitz: Expressionism and Naturalism, probably the closest to OP’s description, very dark, personal depictions of death and loss, due to her losing her husband and son in war
  • Sonia Gechtoff: Abstract Expressionism, constantly reinvents her style
  • Grace Hartigan: Abstract Expressionism, studied mechanical drafting and worked in an airplane factory to support her family
  • Elaine de Kooning: Expressionism and post-war, signed her paintings with her initials so her paintings couldn’t be labeled as feminine
  • Françoise Gilot: painter and author, was Picasso’s muse and lover
  • Kathleen Daly: famous for her depictions of First Nations and Inuit people of Canada
  • Marlene Dumas: South African artist, mostly works with oil or ink, created a series of portraits against Russia’s “anti-gay” mentality
  • Ida Lupino: actress and director, made feminist films about rape and other issues during her 48-year-long career and was one of the first successful female directors (and an absolute beauty)
  • Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: London artist that works with dark and muted colours a lot, used to be a nurse, Ghanaian background
  • Chantal Joffe: huge paintings (sometimes 3m tall), many portaits, often paints children and women: “I really love painting women. Their bodies, their clothes – it all interests me.”
  • Niki de Saint Phalle: Painter, sculptor, filmmaker, famous for her brightly coloured “Nana” sculptures
  • Kara Walker: makes large black cut paper silhouettes dealing with race, sex, violence, gender, etc.
  • Julie Mehretu: abstract paintings, used to share a New York atelier with her (now ex) partner Jessica Rankin
  • Peggy Bacon: caricatures and satirical drawings in the 20′s and 30′s
  • Leonora Carrington: Mexican painter, illustrator, and author of the surrealist movement
  • Ana Lily Amirpour: filmmaker and writer, directed some short films and the vampire western “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”
  • Amrita Sher-Gil: Also known as “India’s Frida Kahlo”, daughter of a Punjabi Sikh man and a Hungarian Jewish woman
  • Romaine Brooks: Bisexual Italian artist that painted portraits, heavy use of the colour grey, troubled life due to a mentally-ill brother, an abusive mother and a father that abandoned the family, defied gender roles (short hair, wore men’s clothes)
  • Ida Applebroog: Painter, sculptor, writer and filmmaker, work is often disturbing and political and deals with sexuality, gender, violence, etc.
  • Pauline Boty: Founder and only female painter of the British pop art movement

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”    - Frida Kahlo

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“Mereces un amor que te quiera despeinada, con todo y las razones que te levantan de prisa, con todo y los demonios que no te dejan dormir. Mereces un amor que te haga sentir segura, que pueda comerse al mundo si camina de tu mano, que sienta que tus abrazos van perfectos con su piel. Mereces un amor que quiera bailar contigo, que visite el paraíso cada vez que mira tus ojos, y que no se aburra nunca de leer tus expresiones. Mereces un amor que te escuche cuando cantas, que te apoye en tus ridículos, que respete que eres libre, que te acompañe en tu vuelo, que no le asuste caer. Mereces un amor que se lleve las mentiras, que te traiga la ilusión, el café y la poesía.”

—Frida Kahlo.

The Two Fridas/Las dos Fridas (1939) by Frida Kahlo

This portrait shows Frida’s two different personalities. One is the traditional Frida in Tehuana costume, with a broken heart, sitting next to an independent, modern dressed Frida. In Frida’s dairy, she wrote about this painting and said it originated from her memory of an imaginary childhood friend. Later she admitted it expressed her desperation and loneliness with the separation from Diego.


The Work in Progress of Digital Portraits

New York based graphic designer Giselle Manzano Ramirez revealed her work in progress of famous icons such as Salvador Dali and Charlie Chaplin among other. Ramirez displays a half finished portraits in black and white displaying its triangular compositions.