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Image of Seated Nude with Raised Arms (Frida Kahlo)

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Seated Nude with Raised Arms (Frida Kahlo)

Diego Rivera (AKA José Diego Marìa Rivera), Mexican, (December 13, 1886–November 24, 1957)

Creation date: 1930
Creation place: Mexico

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Type: Lithograph
Medium and Support: Lithograph
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by Kevin and Tamara Kinsella
Accession Number: 2005.46
Dimensions: 16 5/8 in. x 11 in. (42.23 cm x 27.94 cm)


Butterfield & Butterfield, California (April 19, 2005 - April 19, 2005)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (April 19, 2005 - )

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September 2006
Paper Traces
This lithograph is believed to be a portrait of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera's partner in life and in art. In a traditional European pose of the boudoir nude with downcast eyes, a body is displayed for viewer consumption. Frida, as sitter, complicates the artist-model relationship of subject and object in that she herself was an active art maker. Here, Kahlo performs the role of mestiza (a person of mixed indigenous and European ancestry), with her double-stranded necklace and trademark Tehuantepec hairstyle pointing to the mutual indebtedness between urban and peasant classes. The intensely intimate nature of the subject contrasts with Rivera's public and socially oriented work.
Last Updated: 3/12/2018


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Paper Traces: Latin American Prints and Drawings from the Collection at SDMA San Diego Museum of Art , 9/23/2006 - 12/31/2006

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00


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