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Roots

Description

In this self-portrait, Frida goes back to the theme of nature. She is fusing with a plant, becoming a part of the earth. A childless woman's dream of fertility in which her torso opens up like a window that gives birth to a vine. Frida's blood courses through the vine and into red vesicles that extend beyond the vine to feed the parched earth. With her elbow propped on a pillow, she sees herself as a tree of life. In this painting, Frida seems to be nourishing the Mexican earth.

In 1953, Frida sent this painting, and 4 other works, to the British Arts Council's Mexican art exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London. At the exhibition, the title of this painting was "El Pedregal" (The Volcanic Rock Bed) which refers to the lava bed upon which she rests.

In May of 2006, this painting was auctioned at Sotheby's in New York and sold for $5,616,000....setting a new record for the artist. It was sold to an anonymous phone bidder. Rumors within the art world say that the anonymous buyer was the pop star "Madonna" who owns other Kahlo originals.

Prior to the recent sale, this painting was part of the collection of Marilyn O. Lubetkin of Houston, Texas.
  • Category : PAINTING
  • Year : 1943
  • Total Edition No : 1
  • Size : 299(W) x 30(H) x 3(D) cm
  • Materials : Oil on Canvas
  • Posting : 2018. 11. 12

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