Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Monkey

Self-Portrait with Monkey, 1938, by Frida Kahlo is one of the most important works of art in the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. Kahlo’s art embodies Mexicandad—the unique spirit and quality of being Mexican—combining the country’s indigenous heritage, colonial history and post-revolutionary future. Many of her works and self-portraits are also artistic expressions of the numerous challenges she faced in her lifetime. She was haunted by an unfulfilled desire to have children after surviving a bus accident when she was 18 and looked to her pets, such as her monkey Fulang-Chang, for comfort. She also included them in her works often. Learn more about “Self- Portrait with Monkey,” 1938, with Janne Sirén, the Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

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