Flowers indigenous to Mexico such as the Marigold and Calla Lilly appeared in the artworks of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera many times. Rivera used the calla lily, a very sculptural flower, in many of his pieces including The Flower Seller and The Flower Carrier.
Kahlo is best known for her signature look of thick eyebrows and flowers in her hair. And they make an appearance in many of her paintings and is quoted as saying, “I paint flowers so they will not die.”
Frida produced several still life paintings in the last years of her life. They were easier to paint than self portraits and her hope was that they would sell quickly to help pay her medical bills.
During the early 1950’s she was in such pain that she was unable to leave her bed. Her still lifes usually depict the native Mexican fruits on her bedside table. The colors in these still lifes are vibrant and many contain the Mexican flag to represent her heritage.
Today they looked at several pictures of these artists original artwork and we used clay and paint to create our own versions of these masterpieces!
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)