New York Times Article "Frida Kahlo Is Having A Moment " Sparks Consultation With Kahlo Expert That Confirms New Masterpiece

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Victor H Hall an Independent Arts and Crafts professional was sparked by the New York Times article "Frida Kahlo Is Having A Moment" dated May-8-2015 (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/style/frida-kahlo-is-having-a-moment.html?_r=0) which led to consultation with a Kahlo expert that confirmed the masterpiece.

Revelation by Frida Kahlo

Revelation - Frida Kahlo's most imposing work

A Kahlo expert thought the work has “APPEAL” and the flowers looked like the work of Diego Rivera when he was painting florals in Europe.

Few people in her day would have known that Frida Kahlo would one day be known as one of the most profound and iconic artists in the world. Kahlo’s international fame is the result of her masterful skills, approach to morbid subjects, and a vibrant, expressive palette.

In her lifetime, the artist saw a drop in popularity and demand for her work. Like many artists, after her death, she faded into what could have been eternal oblivion. Hall said, “A Kahlo expert said, 'Next thing you know, she went international in demand.'"

Kahlo, known for paintings depicting tragedy and misfortune in her life, which included a problematic marriage and dubious relationships with many lovers, evokes in the viewer a sense of connection with her. Her paintings are seriously personal and overwhelmingly beautiful. Knowing her story is to love her.

Hall comments, "This work, was painted sometime in the 1940s, further my research on this work is to realize what was going on in the artist’s life when this work was painted. The work is indicative of a funeral arrangement as seen with the haunting bed easel that also appeared in her 1945 work 'Without Hope' during one of the artist most trying times.”    

The formation of the pedregal rocks and fissures form a hand and face typical of her anthropomorphic dreams, and gives the appearance that Frida is reaching out of the smoldering earth with heated desires, while embracing a stupendous composition.

In the flower arrangement is an example of the same species rendered as the flowers held by the “The Deceased Dimas” 1937 by Kahlo (The Mexican flowers for the “Day of the Dead).

Move your eyes across the work and locate top left the Aztec Goddess Cihaucoatl. Hall said, “The rendered image is unique to Frida and has the same image and kink style hair as she depicted this Goddess in “The Love Embrace of the Universe 1949." Cihaucoatl is a Fertility Goddess. This representation may be indicative of Frida’s desire for kids."

Hall said, “One of the images in the confirmed work do not have the skull and cross bones but have the same eerie morbid landscape as in Kahlo's work "Thinking Of Death".The cloudy retablo scene compositions are unique to Frida, addressing birth, life and death”.

In the confirmed work, profound shadows of the composition, at close observation, appear darkly paranormal which compliments the floral arrangement. The shadows are rich with imagery of plants typical of her work. Within one area appears the shape of the uni-brow that she is famous for.

Frida Kahlo’s artistic mastery is unique and overwhelmingly encompassing. The artist’s preoccupation with death, so pervasive in this still-life, begs a question, was this monumental work by Kahlo meant to be an example for her funeral? If so, “I know of no other artist in art history that has painted a floral arrangement for their own funeral, and this would have the art world reeling and marveling at such a masterpiece," Hall said.

Hall said, “Seeing this work, one art historian stated it is comparatively more intricate than many old highly regarded masters she named. A Kahlo expert thought the work has appeal and the flowers looked like the work of Diego Rivera when he was painting flowers in Europe." Diego Rivera was the husband of Kahlo and there are many photos of him mentoring her.

The work was examined by a professional art conservator who thought it could be from the 1940s. Hall states, “I have been informed by a Kahlo expert that it is highly unlikely that the artist would have been copied in her lifetime."

Hall said, “The research has left me fascinated with the artist and her life. It is with pleasure that we present our findings and hope that unbiased total objectivity seeks this work out and remembers this is about Frida Kahlo’s legacy.' Parties interested in this work send contact information via email.

Provenance: Solid 1940s early 1950s.

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