Heather James Fine Art in Palm Desert
Our gallery in Palm Desert is centrally located in the Palm Springs area of California, adjacent to the popular shopping and dining area of El Paseo. Our clientele appreciates our selection of Post War, Modern, and Contemporary art. The gorgeous weather during the winter months draws visitors from all over the world to see our beautiful desert, and stop by our gallery. The mountainous desert landscape outside provides the perfect scenic backdrop to the visual feast that awaits inside.
45188 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Open by appointment only
Still Life (“I Belong to Samuel Fastlicht”), 1951
oil on Masonite, 11 1/4 x 14 1/8 in.
Even in her still life works, Kahlo painted from her own reality. As the phrase itself notes, a “still life” creates a permanence where none can exist. Flowers and fruits do not last. Therein lies a tension, what is before the viewer is both everlasting and fleeting. Enduring chronic pain and surgeries after a bus accident when she was 19, who else would comprehend the fragility of life as well as Frida Kahlo? A gift to her close friend and dentist, Samuel Fastlicht, this painting gives us succulence and life even as we understand that the fruit will decay. We peel away the layers of the painting and see a painter bound by her story but who also transcends it.
MORE BY KAHLO
Hammer and Sickle (and unborn baby), c. 1950 is a painting on a plaster cast that Kahlo wore to support her injured spine. This piece is one of three plaster corsets that Kahlo painted, and the other two are in the permanent collection of the Museo Frida Kahlo.