In this painting, Frida created a brand of surrealism using Naïve Art (Primitivism) style. The artwork features both cultural motives and native foods. Just like her many paintings, this artwork was inspired by the artifacts and nature of Mexico. Inspired by the country's popular culture, Frida employed folk art to explore questions of gender identity in Mexican society.
Still Life (1942) is a Realist depiction of her dreams. It contains sexual preferences as a way of expressing a significant contribution to feminism and externalizing her inner turmoil. Still Life was meant for Los Pinos's dining room in the presidential palace but was later returned; maybe the graphics were too voluptuous.
Frida's Still Life painting contains sexual references. In an actual sense, the fruits are a representation of sexual symbols. The roots, leaves, flowers, and fruit represent female body parts, of which some are obvious, but others may be very subtle and often overlooked.
At the center of this unusual painting lies open papaya, which looks like a womb filled with sperms that are swimming about. Next to it is the coral fungus that resembles ovaries. Lying below the bananas is the open cherimoya that resembles female genitalia. The bright colors represent the Mexican traditional style of art perfectly.
To come up with this painting, Frida used different paints and uniform size heavy brushes. The bright colors are contemporary in feel, but they take their influence from the characteristics of Mexican art and dominate throughout the artwork. Although this painting is a characteristic of Mexican art in general, she might have gotten inspiration from his husband's Diego Rivera paintings and murals.
Frida, a strong-willed Mexican woman, is among the famous female artists and may have been inspired by Tamara de Lempicka, modernist and art deco painter Georgia O'Keeffe, and impressionist Mary Cassatt. These painters were at the forefront of encouraging women to enter the male-dominated world of art. The painting is now on display in the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico. You can also discover more about her life and work in the Frida Kahlo Museum.