I headed to the New York Botanical Gardens to see the exhibit about Frida Kahlo.
First stop was to head to the library to see the 14 paintings and works on paper.
Botanical imagery was featured. The work I know
is usually focused on her accident and other body images. I was very interested in her garden paintings.
I liked the painting of Frida’s face in a sunflower. There were also still life paintings and
botanical paintings. “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird”, 1940 is a fascinating painting. I stood in front of it for a long time. It was compelling.
Next stop was the Conservatory and a look at the Casa Azul garden, her life long home.
Her studio in or by the garden was also in the Conservatory. Her paintings had a very thick texture.
Looking at her studio with pigments, I realized she had to mix these pigments with an oil binder and made them of a thick consistency.
The Conservatory had plants of Mexico not so easy in the New York climate.
Lunch at the newly opened Hudson Grill. I had a great seat at the bar and watched the dishes being made.
The presentations were fabulous. The woman sitting next to me told me I must see the rhododendrons and azaleas. I walked there after lunch. On my way I saw the Peonies. I love Peonies and they didn’t disappoint.
I loved taking the tram ride around the Gardens. It is a wonderful place to visit.