Artist Frida Kahlo
Year 1945
Medium Oil on masonite
Location Private Collection
Dimensions 24 x 30 cm
61 x 75.6 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

The painting Moses, by Frida Kahlo, is considered to be one of her masterpieces. Don José Domingo Lavin had asked Frida Kahlo to read a book about Moses that was written by Sigmund Freud, and to paint a painting inspired by it. This is the history behind this oil on masonite painting, which is also called The Nucleus of Creation, as one can see a depiction of baby Moses who was abandoned in a basket.

This masterpiece led Frida Kahlo to come second at an art exhibition that was held annually in Mexico.

Special Qualities

The birth of Moses is rendered more emotional as there are several characteristics all around, including the sun which signifies the godly power, deathly figures and several people who represent humanity in general. Just above baby Moses there is a symbolization of love as one can see a conch with fluid coming out of it.