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Frida’s Mirrors

Author: Carol Gancia
Photo: Nickolas Muray


20th century revolutionary painter Friday Kahlo was tormented by physical, emotional and psychological pain most of her life, and yet, produced over 160 completed paintings in her lifetime. Much of her work was done while confined in bed due to a permanent backbone, pelvic and foot injury from her youth.

Frida Kahlo with Idol #11, Coyoacán, Mexico, ca. 1940

Her paintings were a mirror of her inner self. And her self was a mirror of her community and her country. Her beloved husband, Diego Rivera, was in every brush stroke… every color… every canvas. She was fearless in the way she approached her art, putting to canvas her deepest thoughts and emotions about people and life around her.

Her intimate relationship with her paintings resulted in a collection of work that men and women all over the globe admire for its depiction of ugly and beautiful, all felt at once by many who view her paintings.

Women today are looking for their own female heroes to get inspired. Over 50 years after her death, Frida serves that purpose and more, as women from all over the world witness her strength through her work, displayed and toured in the most visited museums in North America and Europe.

Posted on 11 November '10 by admin, under BLAST FROM THE PAST. No Comments.

Van Gogh’s Legacy (Part 2)

Author: Carol Gancia
Photo: Musee D’Orsay

Post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh painted full time for 10 years without ever seeing his work sold and appreciated by the art world.

Self-Portrait, 1889

Photo: Musee D’Orsay

Vincent painted like no other artist in France. Largely self-taught, he developed a unique and aggressive style that deconstructed the prevailing and respected art trends during his time. No gallery accepted his work while he was alive. It took a lot of passion and dedication to press on. It also took one believer… an unwavering financial and emotional support from his sole patron and brother Theo, who provided for his food, shelter and art materials. Van Gogh’s work became a huge success in Paris barely two years after his death. Van Gogh considered his paintings as his legacy. They are the children he never had. Today, his work continues to touch the hearts of billions of people all over the world. Back to Part 1

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Van Gogh’s Legacy

Author: Carol Gancia
Photo: Musee D’Orsay

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
- Vincent Van Gogh

Starry Night Over The Rhone


November 2010, San Francisco. People from all over the world are lining up at the De Young Museum in San Francisco every one and a half hours to see post-impressionist paintings loaned by Musee D’Orsay in Paris during its renovation. The De Young is the only museum in North America to hold this exhibition. Some of the biggest stars of the exhibition are Vincent Van Gogh’s eight major paintings– from “Starry Night Over The Rhone” to “Bedroom At Arles.” Post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh painted full time for 10 years without ever seeing… More

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