Viva la Vida - “Live Life” is both the title of this artwork and the inscription on it. The reason for Kahlo’s renown in life can be attributed to the subtle detail of symbolism she placed in her works. She accomplished great things through her pain and, while tragic, it makes many people see her paintings and relate to them in more ways than one. A woman who would suffer both physical and emotional afflictions, transformed that into artistic symbolism on a canvas. She created countless paintings of the impacts in her life - such as her disability, to her heritage - right up until her death.
This painting of ripened fruit at its prime is fitting of the inscription placed upon it. Painted so shortly before she passed at the age of 47. She hoped (in her own words) that “the exit is joyful, and I hope never to return.”
Above: Viva la Vida, 1954, by Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)