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dc.contributor.authorPentes, Tatiana
dc.date.accessioned2007-08-10
dc.date.available2007-08-10
dc.date.issued1998-01-01
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2123/1905
dc.descriptionMaster of Letters (with Merit)en
dc.description.abstractThe objective of this paper is to examine the self-portrait paintings of Frida Kahlo and to explore the way in which they articulate a ‘self’ and ‘identity’ through creating an innovative feminine vocabulary. The aim of this creative research is to explore the way in which Frida Kahlo represented her sexual subjectivity in the body of self-portraits she produced in her short life time. The self-portraits, some of which were produced in a state of severe physical disability and chronic illness, were also created in the shadow of her famous partner- socialist Mexican muralist/ revolutionary Diego Rivera. An examination of the significant body of self-portrait paintings produced by Frida Kahlo, informed by her personal letters, poems, and photographs, broadens the conventional definitions of subjective self beyond the generic patterns of autobiographical narrative, characteristic of an inherently masculine Western ‘self’. In Kahlo’s self-portraits the representation of the urban Mexican proletarian woman-child draws stylistically from the domain of European self-portraiture, early studio photographic portraiture, and the biographical Mexican Catholic retablo art, with its indebtedness to the ancient Aztec Indian symbology of self.en
dc.rightsThe author retains copyright of this thesis.
dc.rights.urihttp://www.library.usyd.edu.au/copyright.html
dc.subjectPaintingen
dc.subjectFrida Kahloen
dc.subjectSelf-portraiten
dc.subjectmexican modernismen
dc.subjectfeminismen
dc.subjectpost-colonialismen
dc.titleCRUEL BEAUTY: The articulation of ‘self’, ‘identity’ and the creation of an innovative feminine vocabulary in the self-portrait paintings of Frida Kahloen
dc.typeThesisen_AU
dc.date.valid1999-01-01en
dc.type.thesisMasters by Researchen_AU
usyd.departmentArt History & Theory, Artsen_AU
usyd.departmentGender Studiesen_AU
usyd.awardinginstThe University of Sydneyen_AU


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