Praying for a Miracle - Frida Kahlo
Forever Frida Series
16 x 20 oil on Canvas
Before Frida Kahlo reached her 25th birthday, she had contracted polio, survived a horrific bus accident and endured a traumatic miscarriage. However, the loss of her baby — compounded by the alienation she was experiencing shaped her artistic vision and propelled her career forward.
Her miscarriage and unfulfilled desire to have a child became a major theme of her work.
The miscarriage also influenced Rivera to change a panel of one of his murals that he was painting at the time. Instead of an agricultural scene the panel shows a baby inside the bulb of a plant.
'She felt so disheartened because she would have loved to have a little Dieguito, but her dream did not come true.
I wanted this Frida composition to be a combination of Frida and Diego since the child would have been theirs. I was inspired by the three reference photos from their work that I have included below. This is a very heartfelt painting for Frida Kahlo.
As seen in his mural
by Diego Rivera
I always loved this painting by Diego Rivera
so decided to use the pose and incorporate the flowers.
Self Portrait 1933 - Frida Kahlo
I thought this to be the perfect face to use for this
painting since she was so young at the time of the loss
of her child.