• Kollwitz’s artwork is not meant to show her own personal emotion at the time she created the artwork but her desire to show emotion in art and express.
Kathe Kollwitz, "Self-Portrait with Hand on Forehead" 1910
Frida KahloMexican Painter, Surrealist,
Like Rembrandt and van Gogh, the story of Frida Kahlo can be read in her self-portraits.
Approximately one-third of her work is the exploration of her self, physically and mentally.
Kahlo created some fifty-five self-portraits as a kind of therapy to face the most troubling events of her life; her leg crippled from polio, permanent injuries from a bus accident, and botched surgeries.
Self-Portrait with Monkey, 1938
• In her self-portraits, she could come out from hiding and reveal her troubles in paint.
Self-Portrait (Dedicated to Leon Trotsky),1937
• But unlike Vincent van Gogh, who searched for an answer in his self-portraits, Frida Kahlo knew the answers. She used the canvas as a release of emotion.
• When she painted this painting, she said the Mexican image was the Frida that Diego, her husband, loved and the European one is the Frida whom he did not.
• Connecting the two Frida’s is an artery. The artery starts at a miniature Diego in the Mexican Frida’s hand and the European Frida is attempting to stop the blood but is unsuccessful.
The Two Fridas, 1939
Not all Self-Portraits were realist, some were abstract.
Pablo Picasso, The Artist Before His Canvas, 1938.
Marc Chagall. I and the Village, 1911
• Self-portraits have been used to test new techniques, launch into self-study, and as a way to release emotion.
• Whichever way artists choose to construct their images, they are each forced to study their own personas both physically and emotionally.