Gilgamesh and Enkidu Meets Frida Kahlo - My Grandparents, My Parents, And I (Family Tree) (1936)


This painting is entitled My Grandparents, My Parents, and Me (1936). This painting was made by Frida Kahlo in memory of her grandparents and her parents. Frida Kahlo is depicted by herself in this painting as a naked child holding a red ribbon. You may wonder why the ribbon has a loop and the loop was put at the exact place where her parents' bodies are overlapped. The artist put the hint on the fetus which can be seen in an X-ray vision under the wedding dress of her mothers. This is Frida Kahlo herself before she was born. The red loop might refer her mother's sex life, since just under the fetus there are a bunch of sperms swum through the ribbon loop to an egg that is fertilized. Also by the fertilized egg, a red cactus flower is opened to some windblown pollen.

Frida described this painting using her parents' wedding photo. Frida mentioned she looks like both mom and dad: "I have my father's eyes and my mother's body." She was very lucky from that perspective: her mother has a beautiful figure with the wasp-waist and her father has larges eyes and looks very intelligent. Frida put herself at the position right in front of her dad, because with her father she was mostly identified as a little kid.

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