Self-Portrait with Monkeys Print

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Self-Portrait with Monkeys (1943) by Frida Kahlo

This work is one of Kahlo’s most recognized self-portraits. In the background foliage with a blooming bird of paradise surrounds Kahlo. Kahlo is encircled by four spider monkeys. She had spider monkeys as pets stating that they were the children she could never have. Kahlo and two close monkeys make up the main subject, giving the appearance of a close relationship to the animals. One points to an Aztec sign for earthquake on her “huipil”, an indigenous blouse. It has been suggested that they are representative of her dear students whom she taught at Blue House in Coyoacán. It was here that she settled having her health in decline and giving up her teaching position in Mexico City.



  • 11" x 14"
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