" Autorretrato con traje de terciopelo" - Frida Kahlo 1927. Hope, love and magic on my Artistic T-shirt.

As soon as I saw " Autorretrato con traje de terciopelo", I thought I had to realize one of my Frida Kahlo inspired T shirts  with this amazing painting, her first selfportrait



"Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress", is a early and the first important  Frida Kahlo's self portrait, painted in 1926, when Frida had only 19 years.

I love Frida Kahlo and that's the reason because  I created  so many Artistic tshirts dedicated to the  images of this wonderful mexican artist, as you can see from  my catalogue   in my e-shop

I adore her personality and her poetry, even more of her paintings (for me they are  too steeped in pain), but when Annarosa, one of my wonderful customers, asked me to paint for her one of my customizable tshirts  with one of Frida Kahlo's self portraits, we are, both, immediatly touched by this one. 

 Frida  painted it in 1926, when she was only 19 years old and not yet affected by her relationship with Diego Rivera.

Rather... Frida Kahlo used  this painting as a gift for  her lover in that period, Alejandro Gómez Arias, to regain his love,  because he left her,  thinking  she was  a girl too liberal.

The sea bottom is a symbol of life, because Frida, in that moment,  is coming out from  a very difficult period.

The mexican artist  is now influenced by the Italian Renaissance, as can be seen  from the oil technique and from the use of the overall .perspective for the sense of depth, as well as from wearing dress that wants to represents her  as a princess that she defined

It's curious to read in some of her letters to Alejandro that she defined  herself in that self portrait  "your Boticelli".

The mexican young artist  was hoping her self-portrait could have the magical power to can win back her love and...her hope was not disappointed because,  after Alejandro received this painting, they went back to be together again!

But Alejandro's parents  didn't want him to be together with Frida  and  forced him to leave for Europe in March 1927.

These events are a great motivation to dedicate one of my painted tshirts to this Frida Kahlo's painting...isn't it? 

frida kahlo self portrait in a velvet dress artistic t shirt


Frida  wrote him a lot of letters  awaiting him coming back to Mexico,  in one of these we can read this refererence to her portrait:  "Alex, your 'Boticeli' has also become very sad, but I told her that until you come back, she should be the 'sound asleep one'; in spite of this she remembers you always."    in another : "You cannot imagine how marvelous it's to wait for you, serenely as in the portrait."

 Frida continues to attribute to her "Autorretrato con traje de terciopelo"  the magical power that can win back her love. 


And... what better Frida's quote  than this,  I could combine on my Frida's  art t shirt?

“¿se pueden inventar verbos? quiero decirte uno: yo te cielo, así mis alas se extienden enormes para amarte sin medida."

 for me, the most beautiful love sentence  ever written!!!!

These images are the result of my new Frida artistic  T shirt   and I love my job  more and more because it allows me  to continue to learn  every day something new!

frida kahlo self portrait in a velvet dress artistic t shirt


1 comment

  • Hello; I’m an insomniac by nature… Searching images of Frida Kahlo, and artists who’ve been inspired to paint her image in the wee hours of the morning while the world sleeps….. I found your image on google, and visited your page. I had to comment because I love what you wrote about her, and what inspired you to paint this t-shirt. The history behind the image intrigued me…. I didn’t know the story behind it, but now that I do it holds a greater meaning. I’ve been a fan of Frida for about twenty years now. I’ve painted a few portraits of her through the years…. She is also my inspiration, and why I began to paint so many years ago. Just wanted to encourage you to keep painting from your heart. I love your work! Best regards, Teffany Ingram

    Teffany Ingram

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