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Frida Kahlo, The Suicide of Dorothy Hale


Suicide commentaries inform readers about artists who committed suicide and beliefs about suicide. They illustrate attitudes toward suicide (as heroic, as a crime, as apotheosis), document suicide in classic literature (Divine Comedy, Hamlet, Story of Lucretia) and realistically in everyday life. They depict its impact on survivors and on the community where the victim lived.


Portrait of Dr Gachet

Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh's suicide, by gunshot
December 2002

The Wood of the Self-Murderers: The Harpies and the Suicides

William Blake

Suicide as immoral act, a crime
March 2003

The Suicide of Dorothy Hale

Frida Kahlo

Suicide by jumping
July 2003

Evocation: The Burial of Casagemas

Pablo Picasso

Suicide by gunshot, bereavement, apotheosis
September 2003


Arshile Gorky

Physical illness as a cause, demoralization, suicide by hanging
April 2004

Jeanne Hébuterne

Amedeo Modigliani

Suicide by jumping, bereavement
July 2005

The House of the Hanged Man at Auvers

Paul Cézanne

Superstition about suicide, aftermath
February 2006


John Everett Millais

Shakespeare's' Ophelia—accidental or motivated drowning
October 2007

Beata Beatrix

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Suicide by opiate drug overdose
November 2007

The Murderer Threatened (L'assassin Menacé)

René Magritte

Mother's suicide by drowning
August 2007

The Suicide of Lucretia

Rembrandt van Rijn

Heroic suicide, by stabbing
April 2008

Le Suicide

Édouard Manet

Suicide by gunshot, despair
July 2008

Green and Maroon

Mark Rothko

Suicide by Self-cutting
February 2014

The Dying Seneca

Peter Paul Rubens

Sentenced to forced suicide by Nero
July 2014