What are the people representing in Frida Kahlo's El Camion painting? And what are some other things being represented?

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Hi Katefab417:

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The people being represented in Frida’s El Camion (The Bus) are everyday people of Mexican society. There is a housewife, a blue collar worker, a mother with a baby, a boy, a capitalist and a young girl.

One theory is that the painting represents a bus accident that Frida was involved in at the age of 18. The bus is made from wood along with the passengers sitting on a wood bench instead of bus seats. The man in blue overalls is believed to be the man that removed a handrail from her body and the man holding the bag is thought to represent the gold dust that spilt over her body during the accident. The young girl is thought to represent Frida.


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