Unit 8aSection 4 aExercise 13aAbuse & NeglectaCultural Origins

This painting carries the banner 'unos cuantos piquetitos,' words actually spoken during the trial of a man who killed his wife for being unfaithful. He claimed to the judge that he had only inflicted a 'few small nips.' In this representation, Frida Kahlo melds her own personal anguish with anger at violence against women. You can read more details about the background of the painting and this website posts a good essay about Kahlo's tormented life. Kahlo's story

Frida Kahlo A Few Small Nips, 1935

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Study question

1. Describe the details of this painting and how they make a statement about domestic violence.