Date of Defense

Fall 12-11-2007



First Advisor

Jeffrey Thompson, Art History

Second Advisor

Irma Lopez, Spanish


women artists, Latina, Latino, painters, Surrealism, Surrealist


The Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) not only brought social transformations to Mexico but also artistic ones. An eagerness to convey the revolutionary ideals set the premise for the creation of cultural programs that would unite, educate, and give a sense of pride to what was mexicanidad to the Mexican people. One of the main focuses of this national identity campaign was to revive Mexico's indigenous roots. Influenced by this romanticized pre-Columbian revival, Frida Kahlo created pictorial masterpieces that exalted her patriotism and political commitment to Mexico. This study focuses on the analysis of several case studies; these paintings which illustrate Kahlo's use of recurring pre-Columbian iconography to convey her mexicanidad.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only