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Professor Ferris Williams
Art History
2 December 2013

For my Formal Analysis I decided to choose the painting that Fridah Kahlo did in 1946 entitled “The Little Deer”. When examining this piece of work I see the deer jumping and running through the forest in action. The deer has a female human style face which is somewhat interesting because Kahlo uses the same type face when doing self-portraits of herself. When viewing this piece I see the arrows striking the deer and blood running out and the dull face that the deer/human has which at first sends a tone as sorrow or pain or some kind of struggle. In the back ground we see the ocean with what seems to be daytime but also a lightning storm going on which gives me a little different look at it. I chose this piece of work because it honestly just caught my eye when flipping through the book. I am an outdoorsy type person who enjoys action type things with passion in them and this piece just seems to fit my personality to key.

By viewing this piece, Kahlo uses a tree line on both sides of the deer running all the way to the back ground like a “trail” of some sort leading to the ocean where the storm is happening. Kahlo uses this as the “vanishing point” in the work by making it the brightest area on this work of art. Kahlo directs our eyes to the vanishing point by using these tree lines on both sides and the “trail” like path, which leads back to where the ocean starts in the background which also gives a type of “balance” to this work of art which will be discussed later on.

Kahlo doesn’t use very smooth linear strokes with this piece which doesn’t give certain things nice tight edges. Such as the trees or the tree branches or the antlers of the deer or even the arrows really just don’t seem to have much of a “precise” type work to it. The linear structure of the fallen branch in the very front, also with the vertical trees all in parallel lines on both sides as well as the deer which seems to maybe... Show More

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