Friday, November 6, 2009

Altar To Frieda

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I mentioned that there wasn't much activity in our Latino neighborhood for El Dia de Los Muertos. Still, when I walked the strip there were all sorts of little details. Part of Mexican tradition for the day is the construction of small altars honoring the dead. This one, in a store window, celebrates the painter Frieda Kahlo. I love the intensity and intimacy of her work. A few years ago we got to visit her museum in Mexico City, in the home she shared with her husband, the muralist Diego Rivera. She died at age 47. They remember her on Cherokee Street.

7 comments:

Virginia said...

There was a large wooden painted altar to Frieda at our festival and a lady dressed as her. Like this shot with the nice light .
V

Virginia said...

Thanks for removing the Viagra/Cialis spam from over my head! :)
V

Paula said...

I think she embodies everything about painting that I find fascinating. Someone did a fine job of putting that altar together, they clearly love her.

cieldequimper said...

I wish we had more altars in shop windows for people like her.

Babzy said...

Great shot , i love Frieda Kahlo's Artwork , she has had an amazing life !

JM said...

I'm a big Frida fan! I have also visited her house at Coyoacán some years ago when I was travelling through Mexico. I just love her. Great post!

Nathalie said...

Frida Kahlo's life story is a most amazing one, and her paintings are interesting too. I wouldn't mind visiting her museum. Very nice altar. The flower pot on the left is.... mmmh... special! (typical dia de los muertos stuff I assume)