Q. Could you help me identify some of the plants in Frida Kahlo's "Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace"?

hey i wanted to know if you could specify some of the plants from the leaves depicted by frida kahlo in her painting "self-portrait with thorn necklace and hummingbird" as well as some of the flowers in "Self Portrait, Dedicated to Dr Eloesser" ??


Hello and thank you for your question. One question, is this for a special project?

I have some plant identifications below: 

Leaves depicted by Frida Kahlo's painting - 

Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940 Oil on canvas (harry Ransom Center, The university of Texas of Austin, shows plant leaves from the aroid (Araceae) family. The large, upright leaves resemble those of elephant-ear plants, a diverse group of many species. The most inventive manifestation of uncontrolled nature is the flowers-what appears to be a small zinnia on the left and a fuchsia on the right-transformed into winged insects that take flight around Kahlo’s head. 

Some of the flower in the Self Portrait dedicated to Dr. Eloesser - a rose (center), sunflower, and maybe dahlias.

Hope this helps.

  • Last Updated Aug 09, 2018
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