Frida Kahlo


Artist Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907, in Coyocoán, Mexico City, Mexico. She had been married to an active communist Diego Rivera. Frida had begun painting after she had been in a bus accident, and was severely injured at age 18. At age 6 Frida had been diagnosed with polio witch caused her to limp when she would walk, her father (a German photographer) had encouraged her to play sports such as soccer or go swimming to hopefully help aid her to recovery.

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Frida Kahlo

History Of Painting

In the painting Frida appeared wearing a Tehuana headdress that her husband Diego loved so much. Her signature slight mustache symbolizes masculinity. The 3 tears in the picture represent the years of pain, like tears of Madonna of Sorrows.
The painting was bought by Dr. Samuel Fastlicht a personal friend in January 1948. Her paintings were usually selling for 3,000 but she said she would sell to him for 2,000.

Style: Naïve Art (Primitivism)

Emily Dickinson Biography

Emily Dickinson

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, on December 10, 1830, to Edward and Emily Dickinson. While the strength of Amherst Academy lay in its emphasis on science, it also contributed to Dickinson’s development as a poet. The seven years at the academy provided her with her first “Master,”Emily Dickinson died in Amherst in 1886. After her death her family members found her hand-sewn books, or “fascicles.” These fascicles contained nearly 1,800 poems.

history on poem

Much Madness is Divinest Sense "demonstrates an anger and battle against the limits imposed by the authoritarian male upon the nineteenth century intellectual female." In the nineteenth century the men made the rules and the women would follow. So at the beginning of the poem, the poet “Much Madness is Divinest Sense- / To a discerning Eye-.“ This quote shows that not only did she think of rebellion towards the men who made the rules but she would rebel towards the women who followed them. Emily Dickinson sarcastically describes the suspected lifestyle of these women in her poem. She uses the word "Majority" as a legal term to further in depth who has all the power over these women.


Connection between poem and painting

The poem expresses a dark, rebellious tone witch is what the painting expresses as well. at first looking at the painting you see a women who is different, who doesnt take into society witch is what the poem ultimately creates.

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