Happy Birthday to Frida Kahlo, born today in 1907. Kahlo pushed the boundaries as a female, politically active artist during her career. Often associated with the Surrealist movement, Kahlo defied stylistic definition and befriended many artists including Marcel Duchamp, André Breton, and Pablo Picasso. She used personal tragedy and injury to create deeply provocative paintings that reference her Mexican heritage as well as her journey as an artist. To this day, Kahlo’s life and works are iconic and well-known across the world.
“The fog was so thick we couldn’t see the sunrise when it came at 5:47am PT. There was no gong, no fanfare. Many of us were oblivious, engrossed in conversations with old friends or new acquaintances, awkwardly touching each other as per Ono’s instructions, or contemplating the obscured landscape. I looked at my companions, asking them “Was that it? Did we miss it?” That was it, but we hadn’t missed it at all.”
These woodblock prints are based on watercolors Chiura Obata made in the summer of 1927 while on an expedition through California’s Yosemite Valley and High Sierra regions. He described the trip as “the greatest harvest for my whole life and future in painting.”
Pablo Picasso. Masque I (Laurent de Venasque), Masque II (Comte de Sault), Grotesque Barbu (Etienne Fage), Grotesque (René Mazon), Tête de Cheval, Book Cover. Illustrations to Les Transparents by René Char. 1967.
Cardboard cuts on BFK Rives paper and extra suite on Chine bound in; fine binding in brown and tan calfskin, a tanned and stretched toad nailed to onlay panel of each cover. (via)