What the Water Gave Me
This painting is sometimes referred to as "What I Saw in the Water". Unlike most of Frida's paintings, this one has no dominant central focus. It is a symbolic work illustrating various events from the artist's life and incorporates numerous elements from her other works as well as some that appeared in her later works. The style of this painting is "surrealistic" although Frida never considered herself a "Surrealist" and didn't even know about surrealism at the time it was painted. What the water gave her were images of past and present, life and death, comfort and lost. In the midst of this vision is Frida, drowned in her imaginings and bleeding from the corner of her mouth. She is kept afloat by a lasso that serves as a tightrope for insects and a miniature dancer.
Frida rarely talked about her paintings but in a conversation with Julien Levy she described this painting as: "It is an image of passing time about time and childhood games in the bathtub and the sadness of what had happened to her in the course of her life".
Although the painting
is signed and dated "1939", it was actually painted the year
before. The unsigned and undated painting was exhibited in Paris by André
Breton in January of 1939. When it was returned to Mexico Kahlo signed
it and dated it "1939". Frida gave the painting to her photographer
lover Nickolas Muray in payment for a $400 debt she owed him.
Lo que el agua me dio
pintura a veces es llamada Lo que vi en el agua.
Al contrario de muchos de los cuadros de Frida éste no tiene
imagen central dominante. Es un trabajo simbólico ilustrando
varios eventos de la vida de la artista e incorpora numerosos elementos
de trabajos anteriores y elementos que utilizaría más
tarde en otros cuadros. El estilo del cuadro es surrealista
aunque Frida nunca se considero una surrealista y ni siquiera
sabia nada del surrealismo cuando pintó este cuadro. Lo que el
agua le dio fueron imágenes de su pasado y presente, vida y muerte,
consuelo y pérdida. En medio de esta visión está
Frida, ahogada en sus imaginaciones y sangrando por la esquina de su
boca. Se mantiene a flote por medio de una cuerda que sirve como una
cuerda floja para insectos y para una bailarina en miniatura.
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