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In Memory of Frida Kahlo: Adios Frida

Canadian
2004
Rosita Johanson (Canadian (born in Germany), 1937–2007)


Dimensions

Height x width: 12 1/2 x 12 in. (31.8 x 30.5 cm)

Accession Number

2008.1046

Medium or Technique

Cotton looped embroidery with found objects and acrylic paint

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Fiber arts

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.

Provenance

Bequest from the artist to Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA, 2008; gift of Mobilia Gallery to the MFA, October 22, 2008.

Credit Line

Gift of Mobilia Gallery in memory of the artist