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Author: Evelyn Torton Beck

Title: Kahlo's World Split Open

Subtitle: -

Journal: Feminist Studies: An Independent Interdisciplinary Journal

Volume: 32

Issue: 1

Year: Spring 2006

Pages: 54-81

ISSN: 0046-3663 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | American History: Mexican History | Cases: Victims Frida Kahlo; Offenders: Fathers; Representations: Art; Types: Child Sexual Abuse; Victims: Daughters Girls



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Author: Evelyn Torton Beck, Department of Women's Studies, University of MarylandAuthor's Personal Website, Wikipedia


»The article presents a biographical information on Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. At twenty-two, she married the well-established painter/muralist Diego Rivera who remained supportive of her work despite their stormy marriage. In her lifetime she became internationally known as an artist in her own right, but after she died, her work disappeared from public view. Although Kahlo's images of woundings to the female body have been widely understood to represent traumatic physical and psychic pain, the author believes they also suggest traumatic experiences of sexual abuse that were unspoken in any other form and were perhaps not even available to conscious thought.« (Source: EBSCOhost)

»Reading back and forth between Frida Kahlo’s (1907-54) art and textual sources suggests that her frequent depictions of helpless, violated female bodies were not only statements on the historical experience of women but also a recollection of Kahlo’s own experience of sexual abuse.« (Source: Historical Abstracts)


  The Paintings (p. 58)
  Consequences (p. 76)
  Notes (p. 79)

Wikipedia: Frida Kahlo