|The Broken Column|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Location||Museo Dolores Olmedo, Mexico|
|Dimensions||17 x 13 in
43 x 33 cm
|Famous Paintings by Frida Kahlo|
|The Suicide of Dorothy Hale, 1938|
|The Two Fridas, 1939|
|The Bus, 1929|
|The Wounded Deer, 1946|
|The Broken Column, 1944|
|Without Hope, 1945|
The Broken Column is a self-portrait executed in 1944 painted in a surrealist style by the artist Frida Kahlo, who was born in Mexico in 1906. It is in private ownership. It is a small work that measures 16.9 inches by 13 inches, and is an oil painting on canvas.
Kahlo’s best-known works are possibly her self-portraits, which are very striking and portray a stark realism. The Broken Column is just one of her paintings that was inspired by a horrific accident the artist was involved in when she was eighteen.
Kahlo was traveling on a bus that collided with a tram. A metal railing on the bus was driven upwards through the artist’s leg and abdomen, causing multiple fractures.
The artist is standing in a surreal landscape. She is almost naked. Tears fall from her eyes. A broken, tapering, stone column divides the body from the lower abdomen to the chin. A number of nails pierce the visible parts of her body.