Self Portrait With Monkey
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist, famous for her self-reflective, surrealist paintings. She used personal symbolism mixed with fantastical imagery to express her suffering through her work, but she considered her art to be realistic. Although Frida created works that were considered by others to be so, she did not consider them to be “surreal” nor did she follow the “surrealism” movement. In order to express her deep feelings, which were often not shown, Frida developed her own system of pictorial language. Her painting expresses many visions of her life. She painted herself the way she wanted people to view her.
The pain with which she dealt is apparent in “Self portrait with Monkey” painted in 1938. However, this painting did not show friendly feeling. The cold expression on Frida’s face showed resentment. Frida Kahlo's portrait is naturalistic and it reflects the stern-looking artist, with attention directed toward her thick, and dark-black eyebrows. She has what seems to be a Mexican necklace, and her hair is tied up into tight braids, revealing her long neck. Behind her is a thick jungle of oversized trees and hairy leaves. The monkey on her shoulder would assume she is an animal lover and enjoys the outdoors. Frida's facial expression is serious.
The way it shows line is by the way it is painted it has a lot of detail. The leaves have a lot of line and even the monkey. There are patterns her dress. A repetition of Horizontal stripes and squares are on Frida's dress.
There are some curvy and straight lines. The monkey looks like it was made from a lot of lines and as well as one of the leaves which looks like it was made with just lines. Her hair shows a lot of detail to it and draws the eye to how different line is shown there. (Shape is shown here by the way everything has shape to it. Her face, the leaves, and her facial features.) Her facial features draw the eye toward her face, especially her unibrow.