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Frida Kahlo Vs Picasso Research Paper

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In this essay, I will be discussing how two famous artists from different times and cultures have created aesthetic qualities in artworks, communicated ideas and developed styles. Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso have been chosen to express two very different art styles and how both artists use elements and principles to create a distinct quality artwork. Although Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso come from different parts of the world and have different cultural backgrounds, both artists have practiced and explored portraiture as a way of making art. Frida Kahlo was born in Casa Azul in Coyoacan, a town on the outskirts of Mexico City on July 6th, 1907 and later passed away on July the 13th, 1954. Frida Kahlo having both Physical and psychological…show more content…
The artwork “The broken column” painted in 1944 by Frida Kahlo, expresses her agony and suffering in a disturbing way. There is a split in her torso going down her entire body, there are nails stuck into her face and going through the entire body. In the background she has painted dark valleys. In the start she painted herself nude but then later on decided to cover her lower body with a sheet that may be from the hospital. There is a broken column placed in her spine, which looks like it is about to breakdown. Although Frida Kahlo shows that her entire body is about to collapse due to the unbearable suffering she is going through, she has painted herself to look beautiful and strong she is delivering a message that she is still holding on and getting through the pain she is in. Her facial expression does not show much emotion but she has painted teardrops running down from her eyes, showing this pain and suffering will not stop her from facing her problems. ‘The broken column’ uses many elements and principles of arts to create an aesthetic. This artwork shows an intense deep blue sky, very vibrant, the background behind her consists of a dark yellow/brown colour, which is fairly dark, focussing the eye’s attention towards Frida Kahlo…show more content…
The primary colour in this artwork is a deep and dark blue creating a sense of sadness, this was also known as the blue period Picasso went through. This artwork was oil painted on canvas; the size of this artwork was 101.1 x 73.3cm in size.
During this time Pablo Picasso was sympathetic and painted many canvas’ depicting the sorrows of the unfortunate, the ill and those who were rejected by society. The old man holds a large guitar. The brown colour of the guitar represents that it is the only alteration in colour. The old man is unaware of his misery as he plays the guitar. ‘The old guitarist’ consists of many elements and principles. Pablo Picasso has painted this artwork in a light but deep blue (known as the blue period), the blue in this artwork represents depression and sadness, the guitar being the only change in colour of this artwork as it is brown, symbolises how music can be relaxing and helps the old man through his misery. The old man’s hand points towards the guitar as well as his head, this creates a sense of direction, making the focal point the guitar. Picasso has used shapes such as rectangles and squares in the background. The balance of the old man mainly consists of asymmetric balance, as one side of the composition does not reflect the other side. The entire artwork is over thrown with a cool blue colour except for the brown guitar being
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