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Only a few scratches!

Painting, 1935, 30×40 cm

Description of the artwork «Only a few scratches!»

Even long before Frida Kahlo was the third wife Diego Rivera she was well aware that he cannot be faithful to any of his women. Perhaps, at first she harbored illusions about the fact that with her her boyfriend will change, but they quickly vanished. She had to put up with multiple infidelities of her husband, which was justified by the fact that remains faithful only to her, no matter what. Loyal, but not loyal. The last straw that became Frida's unbearably painful blow was the novel Diego with her youngest, most beloved sister Christina, which lasted about a year.

No canvas would not be enough to fully portray the pain of the betrayal of two close friends. Frida therefore resorted to metaphors and projections. To create the paintings, she was inspired by a newspaper article about the murder of unfaithful women by a jealous lover. Inflicting multiple fatal stab wounds, the man later justified in court, pretending to be puzzled: "But it was only a few scratches!" This cynical phrase became the name of the picture written on the white tape, which kept white and black pigeons. Birds, apparently, to symbolize the light and dark sides of love.

The preliminary sketch for this work on the ribbon was written a quote from a popular song: "My sweetheart doesn't love me anymore". Further text read: "... because she gave herself to another bastard, but today I got to her, her hour had come".

Frida managed to make a picture "Just a few scratches!" especially realistic and creepy, particularly with stained "blood" frame. And when the work was completed, the artist added the finishing touch – a few times the frame pierced with a knife.

The painting was first presented to the public at the solo exhibition of Frida Kahlo in new York in 1938 under the title "Passionately in love".

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Genre scene

Style of art: Symbolism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Metal

Date of creation: 1935

Size: 30×40 cm

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