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In Memory of Frida Kahlo: Adios Frida
Rosita Johanson (Canadian (born in Germany), 1937–2007)
Height x width: 12 1/2 x 12 in. (31.8 x 30.5 cm)
Medium or Technique
Cotton looped embroidery with found objects and acrylic paint
Not On View
Polychrome pictorial needlework made of looped cotton threads in the Russian needle-punch technique (Igolochkoy). Blue background is set off by portrait of Frida Kahlo in center, Frida’s head is flanked by two monkeys and surrounded by a flaming circle. Around the portrait appear objects associated with her life. On the right are a crucifix, wine bottle and glass, while below appear the dates 1907 1954 and two dresses (one with medical corset), To the left, a Star of David, “all seeing” eye, and bottle of poison are stitched. Above the portrait float a female and male figure, probably Frida and Diego Rivera. The artist’s signature appears in the lower left corner.
Bequest from the artist to Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA, 2008; gift of Mobilia Gallery to the MFA, October 22, 2008.
Gift of Mobilia Gallery in memory of the artist