Living Paintings

Women in Art (Short Stories)

Suitable for: Adults

This collection is a selection of works of art from the National Museum of Women in Arts, Washington DC. These three contrasting pieces – an etching, an oil painting and a photograph – reveal the personal thoughts and political sensibilities of three important and influential 20th century female artists.

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We have here a rather stylised, but nonetheless appealing, full-length portrait of Frida entitled "Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky". Like many of her paintings, it relates to a particular event: the brief affair THAT Frida, aged 30, had with Leon Trotsky the exiled Russian revolutionary leader, shortly after his arrival in Mexico in 1937. She painted the portrait as a gift for Trotsky on his birthday. Her figure holds a letter which reads, in translation,
"To Leon Trotsky, with all my love, I dedicate this painting on 7th of November 1937. Frida Kahlo in San Angel Mexico".
This portrait is painted in warm, earthy colours and Frida looks beautiful, seductive and self-confident.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack or postcard pack.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

The Downtrodden, Kathe Kollwitz, 1900
Self Portrait dedicated to Leon Trotsky, Frida Kahlo, 1937
Self Portrait in Kimono with Brian, NYC, Nan Goldin, 1983

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Brilliant Album What a brilliant album! I was very moved by the contents of this album. Interesting details about the artists. I have listened to it many times and would like to borrow it again. Rose
Enjoyable Album I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Women in Art collection, and it has set me on the road to a lot of further reading. Thank you for this fascinating album. It was so good to have more content putting the images into context. Library Member
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