Frida Kahlo Painting her own reality

Christina Burrus

Book - 2008

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Series
Discoveries
Subjects
Published
New York, NY : Abrams 2008.
Language
English
French
Physical Description
143 p. : chiefly ill. ; 18 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9780810984028
0810984024
Main Author
Christina Burrus (-)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) learned about suffering at an early age. She contracted polio when she was six and was seriously maimed in a bus accident at the age of eighteen, which led to injuries that affected her for the rest of her life. She had a legendarily turbulent marriage to the great mural painter Diego Rivera, with whom she formed a strong attachment to indigenous Mexican folk art and a deep commitment to Communism. Admired by the Surrealists and photographed by the greatest artists, Frida was most renowned for her self-portraits and symbolic, highly detailed still lifes. This book traces the extraordinary life of an artist whose unforgettable imagery combined cruelty and wit, honesty and insolence, pain and empowerment.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"My painting carries within it the message of pain". Frida Kahloborn in 1907 near Mexico Citylearned about pain at a very early age. She contracted polio at six, and then at eighteen suffered serious and permanent injury to her right leg and pelvis in a terrible bus accident. Young and undaunted, she went on to fall in love with the great mural painter Diego Rivera at a time when their native Mexico was going through a period of thrilling political and cultural upheaval. Rivera and Kahlo were a legendary coupleboth were impassioned, lifelong communists while fervently attached to traditional Mexican Indian culture, and both were driven by a relentless artistic ambition that surmounted all the dramas that plagued their marriage.Later, Frida became the friend and lover of Leon Trotsky. She was greatly admired by the Surrealists and sat for some of the greatest photographers of her day. Her art largely consisted of self-portraits, like the famous paintingsThe Two Fridas and The Broken Column, though she also left many striking still-lives.In Frida Kahlo: Painting Her Own Reality, Christina Burrus assesses Frida Kahlo’s extraordinary worka maelstrom of cruelty, humor, candor, and insolence reflecting the essence of a free, beautiful, courageous woman who concealed her physical pain behind peals of infectious laughter.