The Wounded Deer

The Wounded Deer
Artist Frida Kahlo
Year 1946
Medium Oil on Masonite
Location Collection of Carolyn Farb Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Dimensions 8 ¾ x 11 ¾ in
22.4 x 30 cm
Famous Paintings by Frida Kahlo
The Suicide of Dorothy Hale, 1938
Roots, 1943
The Two Fridas, 1939
The Bus, 1929
Moses, 1945
The Wounded Deer, 1946
The Broken Column, 1944
Without Hope, 1945
Complete Works

This painting is a very important one for Frida Kahlo as it was drawn as a way of venting her disappointment when an operation on her spine did not go well. This took place in 1946. The wounded deer that is depicted in the painting shows the body of a deer, with Frida’s face. There are several arrows in the deer’s body and there is blood coming out of the wounds.

Description of the Painting

The background is a forest with many tree branches and a rather dreary look is derived from the gloomy dark brown tones. The deer is far away from the sky at the further end of the forest enclosure, so as to signify that it is impossible for the deer to reach freedom from the pain. Frida Kahlo used her own pet deer as a model for this painting. The Wounded Deer is an oil on masonite painting.

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