Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Contéstame — Frida Kahlo asks that you Answer Me

Hair today...gone tomorrow...

Answer me, answer me, answer me, answer me, answer me, answer me,

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            “         Have you heard the news? No more hair        “


— Frida Kahlo


Frida Kahlo was 17 when she wrote what would come to be known as Contéstame (Answer Me). They are the opening lines to a letter to her boyfriend Alejandro Gómez Arias on New Year's Day 1925.

The coming year would prove fateful as Frida would be severely injured in a trolley car and bus collision in September. Alex escaped the accident with minor injuries and the bedridden Frida took up art while convalescing.

Hair, as a theme, would return to Frida in, Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair from 1940 (pictured above) painted following her divorce from Diego Rivera in 1939. The words at the top of the portrait translates to: "Look, if I loved you, it was for your hair, now that you're bald, I don't love you anymore." The couple would remarry shortly thereafter.

Contéstame became popularized in a catalog for a Frida Kahlo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas in 1993.


Contéstame, contéstame, contéstame, contéstame, contéstame, contéstame.

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            “          ¿Sabe usted la noticia? Se acabaron las pelonas     “


— Frida Kahlo










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