Frida Kahlo wins Art World Cup for Mexico

  • 21 July 2014

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has been named your Art World Cup winner, receiving 58% of the public vote against Spanish master Pablo Picasso.

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Monkey, 1938 Albright–Knox Art Gallery, New York

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Monkey, 1938

Kahlo attracted a huge following from the first round, where she progressed from a group featuring Brazil's Cildo Meireles, Croatian artist Aleksandr Srnec and Bili Bidjocka of Cameroon, receiving more than double the votes of runner-up Meireles.

From there, Kahlo's path to the final featured some of the greatest figures in art history. She defeated Rembrandt van Rijn by a single vote, progressing to a quarter-final clash with Hokusai. A victory over Claude Monet in the semi-finals set up a final against Pablo Picasso, where Kahlo triumphed over the Spanish master by an 18% margin in the poll.

Over a thousand votes were cast in the tournament, which featured 32 artists, each representing one of the countries participating in the 2014 football world cup. 

The artists ranged from quattrocento painters to contemporary conceptual artists, but all four semi-finalists were drawn from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. While Dürer, Michelangelo and Rembrandt all featured, no old masters progressed past the last 16.