Animals in Art - No. 2
Frida Kahlo - Self-Portrait With Monkeys, 1943
“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone because I am the person I know best”, Frida Kahlo once said. Kahlo represented herself numerous times in the company of her various pets, which included monkeys, deer, and exotic birds. In some aspects, they were surrogates to the children she could never have due to her bus accident injuries. In the painting Self-Portrait With Monkeys, the subject is pushed towards the viewer by using a background of the big curtain of leaves. Traditionally a symbol of lust in Mexican mythology, the monkey is here depicted as a creature with his own soul. With a tender and gentle touch, monkeys seem protective over her.