|Adriaen Pietersz. van de Venne (circa 1589–1662)|
Death is inescapable, just as the machine is inescapable; the Industrial Revolution has struck and there is no turning back. Frida's paintings portray the United States as a mechanized country that, though industrialized, is dull and dead. By contrast, Mexico is a vivacious agrarian nation that still has that organic spirit. This is part of that nationalistic spirit that is on the rise in this time period in Mexico. It says that though the United States may be more industrialized and may possess more economic power these are empty triumphs, for in the race to mechanize the United States had lost its spirit that Mexico retains in its agrarian workers, who remain closer to the earth.
However, rather than preach the power of the proletariat, as her husband Diego had with his monumental murals, Kahlo's painting is too introverted, too personal, exploring the depths and recesses of her own self rather than seeking to overwhelm the viewer; rather than didactic political sermon, Kahlo's is an exploratory art.