On Thursday, Michael and I surprised the boys and took them out of school early to go with us to the Frida Kahlo exhibit at The Philadelphia Museum Of Art. Not that two teenage boys are overjoyed to go look at art but certainly pleased to be sprung from school early! I knew once they got there their natural curiosities would prevail..and they did!
I of course took the longest to go through the 7 rooms filled with her works and photographs throughout her life. Although, I truly found pleasure in almost every single piece, there were two that stood out for me and I knew the minute I saw them
that there was that instant OMG, I want it!!
I had never before seen the "Girl with Death Mask" and maybe that was part of the allure. But this smaller painting just gripped me in its beautifully hand carved frame and sheer fun perfection.
My other favorite was said to be one of her first self portraits. I loved the simplicity and naivety of it. The creamy blends of warm pink in the background left me wondering how I had never seen that shade before. Her soft yet hard stare speaks volumes and yet leaves you dying to know, What? She does a wonderful job of showing what the balance in her life consists of... I love that internal conflict.
A final thought on Frida's work. I noticed that in the many photos of her that her eyebrows were never nearly as pronounced as she depicted them in her paintings. Curious~
The boys even wanted to stay after the Frida exhibit--woohoo. So we went to the Armory wing- Gavin's choice and the Japanese Tea House - Austin's Choice. Amazing that inside the Museum is an actual small city in the Asian Arts wing..very cool!
We ended the day by heading to Geno's Philly cheese steaks, which really were amazing! I now know why they are famous for their cheese steaks.
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