“The Wounded Deer” by Frida Kahlo

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After having gone through a spinal surgery in 1946, in the hopes that it would cure her back pain once and for all, Frida was really disappointed when the procedure did not take any affect. “The Wounded Deer” stag portrays a young stag with Frida’s own head in place of the stag’s head. The stag is covered with errors, fatally wounded and bleeding, looking at the viewers trapped in a forest enclosure. Although there is a lightening bright sky in the back ground which can be interpreted as a symbol for hope and escape but the trapped stag may never be able to reach it. The word Carma appears in the lower left corner of the painting and can be taken as fate or destiny. Frida was in severe agony and depression and was unable to escape her own fate or change her destiny.

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