The title of this work Thinking about death defines clearly and directly the theme of this piece. It is worth noting the importance of death in the Mexican tradition, from which Frida Kahlo received much of her inspiration and from which she recovered numerous themes and icons to express her own concerns and emotions.
In these years, the Mexican painter suffered severe physical pain due to her multiple ailments, spending most of her time lying on her bed, which consequently affected her state of mind and conditioned her artistic production. We find various works that capture this horror such as Without Hope (1945).
In this same context we are presented with this self-portrait, where he is shown with one of his most recurring thoughts of the moment: death. In the same way, we read various references to this fact in her intimate diary, so that we can get an idea of the obsession that this vital step was assuming in the painter’s daily life.
As far as her style is concerned, as we have commented in other publications on the occasion of Frida Kahlo, it cannot be pigeonholed within the concept of “surrealist” nor “realistic”. This work, if one had to opt for one, would be surrealism because of the symbolism it uses to express its pain. But, without a doubt, Kahlo’s style is personal, she shows herself through her art as she felt, and she used the necessary references to send us her most intimate message.