View Full Version : Help re: Frida Kahlo's painting "Suicide of Dorothy Hal

January 5th, 2004, 04:56 AM
Can anyone here help with this?

http://www.skyscraperpage.com/forum/showthread.php?s=0b988c9ba6f8721d5bd5804c159660f2& threadid=25313


January 5th, 2004, 12:44 PM
I've read the SSP thread; it pretty much covers it. What exactly do you need help with?

January 6th, 2004, 03:59 AM
I posted this on behalf of SSP.com member, Dayna, who is looking for a source to confirm that the building depicted in the painting is, in fact, Hampshire House. The story behind the painting certainly indicates that it is but perhaps because of the artist's abstract interpretation, there is some doubt. I can find no reference to this event anywhere other than directly related to Kahlo's painting.

January 7th, 2004, 01:50 AM
Try the following link:


Text from above link:
This disturbing image of suicide was painted by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The subject is Dorothy Hale, a beautiful society woman who became despondent and threw herself from the window of her New York apartment.

Kahlo records a crisis, but she does not include the customary tribute. Instead, she matter-of-factly describes the horrible event in the inscription, which is written in Spanish. The English translation is:

In New York City on the 21st of October 1938, at 6:00 in the morning, Dorothy Hale committed suicide by throwing herself from a very high window in the Hampshire House. In her memory [...], this retablo was executed by Frida Kahlo.
Part of the third line has been erased. Another part of the painting also was changed: an angel once appeared at the top. These erasures were made in response to the violent reaction from Clare Boothe Luce, who commissioned the work.

Image reproduction authorized by the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura.

The painting is in the collection of the Phoenix Art Museum http://www.phxart.org/

December 13th, 2008, 04:39 AM
I'm not going to a private art college but I will be majoring in art. Hopefully illustration I like to draw and paint portraits, I just know I don't want to do graphic design. I want to make my own stuff not do it on a computer. I just want to know if the classes are as stressful as someone that isn't majoring in art because art isn't really a tough subject so I wouldn't think I would have to take really hard classes. Can you tell me what to expect?
canvas photos (www.photo-print-on-canvas.com)

December 13th, 2008, 06:23 AM
Do you want a degree?

December 13th, 2008, 01:48 PM
if the classes are as stressful as someone that isn't majoring in art because art isn't really a tough subject so I wouldn't think I would have to take really hard classes.If your thinking about getting a degree in art, you better be ready for a rude awakening!
I went to a major private art college (RISD)
Let me tell you the stress was even greater there than
my classes I cross registered to take at Brown!
You also still have to take the same liberal arts, history, mathematics etc.,
as any other major- and making art puts more demands on your time.
One thing you might not even be aware of, is how many all nighters
students have to pull- just to keep up, and how much all the intense thinking required can sap you of all your energy.
There was a huge drop out rate at RISD (not because the school was bad), but because of how hard it was to succeed!
An art students life is NO PICNIC!;)