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Autorretrato con Bonito: Bird Term of the Day

Self Portrait with Bonito. A 1941 painting by famous Mexican surrealist artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), best known for her self portrait work.

Self Portrait with Bonito. A 1941 painting by famous Mexican surrealist artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), best known for her self portrait work.

Autorretrato con Bonito: (noun) Translated: Self Portrait with Bonito. A 1941 painting by famous Mexican surrealist artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), best known for her self portrait work. This painting is a self portrait of Kahlo with her pet Amazon parrot Bonito that had recently died. Apparently, he would do tricks for Kahlo’s guests and be rewarded with pats of butter. Kahlo’s beloved father also died that year. This painting is thought to depict her sadness (she is dressed in mourning) and the dichotomy of life and death (the background is alive with insects and plants). She kept a lot of pets, particularly spider monkeys, parrots and dogs. Other paintings she created with parrots were Me and My Parrots (1941), Self Portrait with Monkey and Parrot (1942) and Still Life with Parrot (1951).

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