When I posted Let me just lie here up on Flickr I had many comments (counting 38 now with 28 favorites!!), I was pleased, then intrigued when three or four of them said that the photo reminded them of a painting by Frida Kahlo called What water gave me, asking me if it was a tribute to her. I am sorry to say that I had never heard of Kahlo or seen any of her work, so no. However, I hunted down this artist and painting using the mighty Google:
It seems like I am not the only one inspired by my foots reflection whilst taking a long soak!! However, I think that Kahlo thought a little more about it than me with my brief Eureaka moment (although I was inspired enough to actually get out of the bath into the cold, hunt down my camera and manover carefully back into position). In What water gave me Kahlo seems to be contemplating the many symbols of her life in the water of her bathtub. Her life was eventful, marked by a long series of physical traumas which left her unable to bear children and her right leg and foot disfigured, then limp, then eventually amputated. Herself and her husband, Diego Rivera (a fellow Artist), were active communist militants. She embarked on a series of affairs with both men (including the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky) and women, and thruogh her work she constantly refered back to her Mexican routes and culture.
In the water we are presented with her mother and father, her Mexican dress, an accident with the bus, a tower from New York that is rising from a volcano, and an injured bird are reflected in the water along with the toes of her feet. The busy composition is contained by the symmetrical rounded dome of the tub. Her feet and legs anchor the painting in reality, while the fantasy is colorful and dramatic.
Although often classed as a "surrealist" Kahlo always said: "They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality."
I like that.