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Henry Ford Hospital

by Frida Kahlo

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Henry Ford Hospital - Description

Perhaps no painting by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is more indicative of turmoil and personal suffering than her tragic 1932 masterpiece Henry Ford Hospital. Comprised of oil and painted on metal, this painting measures 32.5 by 40.2 centimeters. The tear streaked body of Kahlo is depicted lying naked on her hospital bed, away from her homeland in the industrial city of Detroit that hovers menacingly along the horizon as if its very buildings were responsible for the miscarriage that occurred in her body. The hospital bed is positioned in the middle of what appears to be a giant brown wasteland on the outskirts of the city. There appear no other humans around her save for the aborted fetus of her stillborn child hovering surreally in the air above her limp and bleeding frame. She lies in a pool of her own blood, the month of her tragedy etched on the bed frame beneath her. What is most striking in Henry Ford Hospital, however is not the broken dreams demonically plaguing her helpless body but the way that Kahlo still managed to paint the sky blue. Through all of her turmoil, in her most suffering hour this valiant Mexican hero shows us that the sky can still shine blue. It could have been painted any shade of grey or black but it is the choice of this color presiding over the horizon of Henry Ford Hospital that rises Frida Kahlo to immortal status in the pages of art history.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Henry Ford Hospital

Original Artist: Salvador Dali
Subject: Nudes
Style: Surrealism
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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