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Frida Kahlo: Self-portrait on the Border Between Mexico and the United States (1932)

In 1932, Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera, had lived in the United States for almost three years. While Diego was growing accustomed to life in the States, Frida was miserable, and felt increasingly homesick for Mexico.

In “Self-portrait on the Border Between Mexico and the United States,” Frida expresses her feelings toward Gringolandia.

Standing on pedestal wearing a pink dress and white gloves while holding a cigarette and a Mexican flag, Frida paints herself in between the juxtaposed images of Mexico and the United States: Ancient, rich and bright vs. industrial, cold and contaminated.

Frida Kahlo was way ahead of her time. So much so, that more than 80 years later, this painting is still relevant.

Oil on metal, 12 1/2” x 13 3/4”, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Reyero