In the film “Frida” literally recreated several iconic paintings of the artist. This was achieved through a combination of skilful shooting and digital effects. Julie Taymor says: “I believe that it is impossible to fully understand and reveal how the artist creates. But Frida’s paintings are very autobiographical. Reading Herrera’s book, I could really understand how paintings came to be in her life, and that makes her very different from abstract artists like Pollock or Picasso. Like many people, I found her paintings frightening, eerie and eloquent, but as a Director they attracted me with their narrative content. I thought the photos and visuals that would allow these stories to unfold before your eyes would be a great addition to what would otherwise be a regular biopic.” Continue reading
Speaking of luxury gifts it is impossible to ignore the paintings, which at all times were presented as significant gifts for the most important events. In the past, the picture as a gift was not available to everyone, but only to a select few. Painting was ordered from famous masters, especially portraits were in demand.
Paintings in the houses of the nobility added significance to their owners. Sometimes the artists ordered paintings with a pre-agreed plot in order to make a certain “right” impression on the guests. The plot of the picture, filled with symbols and clues, could tell a lot about the house and its owners. Continue reading