My Grandparents, My Parents, and I (Family Tree), 1935 Frida Kahlo

My Grandparents, My Parents, and I (Family Tree) 1935 Frida Kahlo

Recreating one’s own family tree is a good exercise in personal growth and with this work Frida takes it to its maximum expression.

She portrays herself three times: as a fertilized egg, unborn, united to her mother by a powerful umbilical cord, and in the center of her as a child. She is a happy girl, free and very close to her land, protected by the Blue House and by her family. The piece exudes love and dignity; love for Mexico, unmistakable in the symbolism of the landscape, without losing sight of the horizon of the sea from which her grandparents immigrated, and love for her family, with a red ribbon that unites them for eternity.

It is a unique self-portrait. She only did a similar work, “my family”, in which her brothers and aunts also appear. It lacks the strength and mastery of “My grandparents, my parents and I”, but it served as a study prior to the main work.

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