Category: Frida Kahlo

fawnvelveteen: Lucienne Bloch, Frida Winking, …

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Lucienne Bloch, Frida Winking, New Workers School, NY

1933

Art History Lesson: Magic Realism

This art movement, in force from 1920 to 1960, developed after World War I. There was no coherent group of artists associated with Magic Realism. Instead, it was a slow-moving idea which developed first in Europe then crossed to the Americas. It focused on the underlying emotions an artist was trying to convey, and evolved as a representational art style; artists combined what appeared to be ordinary scenes with elements of fantasy that concealed enigmatic or unexpected ideas. Paintings in the Magic Realism style often had bright colors and eerie or mysterious moods. But the focus always remained on exploring an emotion.

The term “Magic Realism” was coined by the writer Franz Roh to describe paintings at an exhibit in Mannheim in 1925. (Or in German,

Magischer Realismus.) The art Roh was describing clearly represented the real world, yet was not necessarily lifelike. The new style was all over Europe in the 1920s and early 1930s.

But in the 1930s, the Depression and the rise of Nazi Germany meant the movement ceased developing there. However, it continued strong in other parts of the world, particularly in the Americas. Frida Kahlo is the Magic Realism painter you are probably most familiar with. Other major names include Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, and Colleen Browning.

Frida Kahlo As You’ve (Probably) Never Seen He…

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Though she was often photographed as an adult, Frida Kahlo has less photographs from her childhood. That’s what makes the photos in this image gallery so special. Taken by her father, and showing Kahlo as young as two, they reveal a different side of the famous Mexican artist.

Frida Kahlo As You’ve (Probably) Never Seen He…

Though she was often photographed as an adult, Frida Kahlo has less photographs from her childhood. That’s what makes the photos in this image gallery so special. Taken by her father, and showing Kahlo as young as two, they reveal a different side of the famous Mexican artist.

Fascinating portraits of Frida Kahlo taken by her best friend…

Fascinating portraits of Frida Kahlo taken by her best friend Lucienne Bloch in the early 1930s.

40 of the sweetest candid photographs of Frida Kahlo and Diego…

40 of the sweetest candid photographs of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

16 gorgeous color photographs of Frida Kahlo taken by Nickolas…

16 gorgeous color photographs of Frida Kahlo taken by Nickolas Muray.

Rare and precious footage of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at…

Rare and precious footage of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at their Blue House in Mexico City.

Frida Kahlo, 1919.  

Frida Kahlo, 1919.