1RUNNUNG HEAD: PROJECT PART ONE: EXPLORATION DOCUMENTProject Part One: Exploration DocumentDory BalbuenaHUM200
PROJECT PART ONE: EXPLORATION DOCUMENTCultural ArtifactsThe first work I chose Frida Kahlo's self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbirdcreatedin 1940 from the Modernism period an oil on Canvas painting measuring 2' x 1' 6.5" located at Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin. The other artifact I chose is Èlisabeth VigèeLe Brun Self-Portrait of 1790 from the Neoclassicism period an oil on canvas painting measuring 3' 3.5" x 2' 8" currently located at Uffizi Gallery, Florence. Common ThemeThe common theme in the two artifacts I chose is the importance in female artistry in the period when the paintings were created and the expression through self-portrait. Èlisabeth Vigèe Le Brun (1755-1842) was a very talented artist known for her portraits of Maria Antoinette the Queen of France. She rose above prejudices directed towards her for being a woman, wife and mother. While Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was one of the most celebrated female artist of her time. She was valued for her self-portraits even though society labelled her as “unfeminine” and “ugly”. Kahlo was a symbol of hope and empowerment for women. Both these artist lived duringtroubling times especially for women. Èlisabeth Vigèe Le Brun chose to express herself through her self-portraits reflecting her intelligence, vibrancy and freedom of care. While Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits are auto-biographical, each one reflecting a moment in her life or political struggle in her native Mexico. Personal ExperienceThe theme of the artifacts I chose to compare are personally meaningful because like the artist I am a woman. I take pride in celebrating and writing about women accomplishments and as such these two works of art are female accomplishments. Frida Kahlo a known female icon who's fame only grew after her death. She is celebrated because of her amazing resilience from starting
PROJECT PART ONE: EXPLORATION DOCUMENTher painting career while she was bedridden from a terrible bus accident to expressing herself in love, her culture and her sexuality. Èlisabeth Vigèe Le Brun a talented artist known for painting portraits of the Queen Marie Antoinette. Èlisabeth Vigèe Le Brun fled France with her daughter after the arrest of the royal family during the French Revolution. After fleeing France and fearingher daughter's safety she lived in Italy, Austria, Russia and Germany.