Essay by vince911University, Bachelor'sA+, January 2006

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Frida's paintings often show herself, alone or with Diego, and reflect her pain and her ecstasy. Frida's paintings are bright, enticing, sometimes morbidly distressing. It is comfortably between folk and fine art. Her paintings are imperious and colorful. Frida's painting is on a smaller scale than Rivera's famous murals, and her art is overshadowed by his. His leads to an infamous incident, when he is hired by Rockefeller to create a mural for Rocketfeller Center, and boldly includes Lenin among the figures he paints. Rockerfeller commands the mural to be hammered down from the wall. Therefore, Rivera's painting was more towards politics and communism government.

I don't think Frida expresses self-deprecating or apologetic feelings about her painting. Frida seems to have painted in order to seek the zone and escape pain from the accident. When she was at work she didn't so much put the pain onto the canvas as channel it away from conscious thought and into the passion of her work.

She needs to paint, not simply to "express herself" but to live at all, and this is her closest bond with Rivera.

Frida is almost mortally injured in a trolley crash that shatters her back and pierces her body with a steel rod. She was never to be free of pain again and for long periods she had to wear a body cast. In the movie, the director shows a bluebird flying from Frida's hand at the moment of the crash, and later gold leaf falls on the cast: She uses the materials of magic realism to suggest how Frida was able to overcome pain with art and imagination. The second pain when she falling in love with the womanizing Rivera and his bohemian cadre of artists and revolutionaries deepens Frida's commitment to per painting and life...