Girl with Death Mask (She Plays Alone), 1938 Frida Kahlo

Girl with Death Mask (She Plays Alone) 1938 Frida Kahlo

In this work Kahlo presents us with a little girl, dressed in a simple pink dress wearing a skull mask and completely alone in a mountainous area; In her hands, she holds a flower reminiscent of the cempasuchil or flower of the dead, and next to her bare feet is a wooden mask of a jaguar with sharp teeth and a bloody mouth. According to some stories, the girl would be the same Kahlo at 4 years old and the masks – which are antonyms of the girl’s innocence – would represent the future pains that she would encounter in her life. And although this is a probable origin, the work also allows us to reflect on the cycles of life and death, the girl and the flower as a symbol of the beginning of the first and the jaguar and skull masks as a symbol of the second.

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