Location: Museo Dolores Olmedo, Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico
The Broken Column is unlike any of Frida Khalo's self-portraits. Here you find none of her beloved exotic animals or lush vegetation intertwined with her hair. This is a personification of pain and sadness. A tortured but stoic woman - although tears roll down her face, her expression doesn't show suffering - against a barren, fractured landscape. A rare glimpse into the artists' lifetime burden of chronic pain and agony.
Yet, despite the tears, nails and metal restraints, much like in her own life, Frida could seemingly always find a brighter side. And, like a secret message of hope for us all, she painted tiny white doves in the pupils of her eyes, a reminder to sharp-eyed observers that whatever life throws at you, having a sense of humour never hurts.
“You must laugh at life... Look very very closely at my eyes... the pupils are doves of peace. That is my little joke on pain and suffering…” Frida Khalo
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