Viva la Vida Watermelons by Frida Kahlo
7 Ways of Looking at Watermelon
If watermelons could pose, they might look like these:
Seven, 2 uncut, 1 resting on its side, 1 bottom side up
5 cut, 1 sliced in half, 1 sliced in half with fringed edges
1 quartered flat, 1 quartered on edge, 1 with a tiny slice removed.
What do you suppose it means?
Is it like Cezanne’s idea of “Still Life”
the way pigments might capture some inanimate
objects making them real or just beautiful?
The artist was a clever but contentious woman
out of pain so maybe she had something else
up her sleeve. Red and green are complementary
colors which does not mean they are in harmony
with one another but rather that they are directly
opposite one another on the color spectrum
so to mix them in a fruit so very red and green
might imply the idea of conflict.
On the foremost watermelon she inscribed
the title of her painting “Viva La Vida, Sandias”
meaning “long live life, watermelons,” her name
the date, 1954, and her bohemian neighborhood
Coyoacan, Mexico, where she lived.
It could be that this was a way to mark her creation
or a way to compare herself to that cold ripe sweet
red juicy delicious fruit.