It is a portrait that has styles like that of photographs; this is a style she got from the father Guillermo Kahlo who was a well-trained photographer. He instilled this in her daughter who used in this skill in her painting.
In all her paintings Frida Kahlo expressed her inner message. She used bright colours often to make her message clear. The materials she used include brushes, pigments, and watercolours to make it bright, pellets, a sharp pencil and reference books. All this made the portrait of Portrait of Alejandro Gómez Arias to look the way it is. The paint came out clear this is because she always painted what she is going through.
Why Frida chose to Paint the Portrait of Alejandro Gómez Arias
Alejandro Gómez Arias was Frida Kahlo first sweetheart. They met in school and the two fell in love. They loved each other and for the next 3 years, the two love birds were very close to each other. They got an accident in one of the buses on their way home. The Red Cross doctors who came to help were attending to Alejandro while Frida was there seriously injured. Out of love he had for her girlfriend he asked them to attend to Frida despite the situation she was in. Then the doctors respected his option and that is how Frida Kahlo survived. In 1998 the two lovers separated and this is the year that Frida painted the Portrait of Alejandro Gómez Arias in honour of the love he showed her.
This painting is much different from the paintings done by Frida Kahlo. It is in contrast to her previous work. Here she really used the skills she had acquired from the father as it looks more of a photograph than what she paints. The painting had been lost until 1994 when it was gotten. 2005 it was kept at Tate Modern, London but in 2007 it was placed in Mexico City at the palace of fine art museum but when Rachel Tibol, well know writer of Frida Kahlo books saw it she said is not the original copy but it is still in the museum for the exhibition.