The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-portrait - Pages 131 to 155 Summary & Analysis

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With the next two images, the author points out that "Kahlo pairs a powerful modern political system-Communism-with an ancient, longer-lived regime-the Aztec empire" (pg. 261.) The familiar Soviet hammer-and-sickle symbol dominates one image, along with the names of Kahlo's heroes-Engels, Marx, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao. In the Aztec image, the words "Moon" and "Sun" "relate to the two ancient Aztec pyramids at the site of Teotihuacan" (pg. 261.) The image is dominated by the figure of a woman in a dress and unsure if it is a self-portrait, Kahlo writes "yo?" or "me" below the figure.

Switching gears, Kahlo next paints a few skulls and dancing skeletons, "muertes" or the dead to be part of the popular iconography for the Mexican Day of the Dead celebrated November 2.

The next somber image is painted from a "worm's-eye view," down in the ground...

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