The Diary of Frida Kahlo
An Intimate Self-portraitBook - 2005
This volume relates Mexican painter Frida Kahlo's (1919- 1954) images of pain, loss, mutilation and transcendence to Mexico's historic cycles of revolution and reaction. This work reproduces her personal journal that she kept during the last 10 years of her life -- handwritten, colored-ink entries and accompanying self-portraits, sketches, doodles and paintings, which fuse surrealism, pre-Columbian gods and myths, biomorphic forms, animal-human hybrids, archetypal symbols. Readers get a taste of Kahlo's preoccupation with death, brought on by declining health, isolation and repeated surgical operations resulting from the bus accident that severely damaged her spine, pelvic bones, right leg and right foot at the age of 18. The author intends to place the journal in the context of the painter's shattered life. Sprinkled with irony, black humor, even joy, and augmented with translations of the diary entries plus commentaries and photographs, this work is a testament to Kahlo's resilience and courage.
Publisher: New York : H.N. Abrams ; México : [in association with] La Vaca Independiente S.A. de C.V., 2005
Edition: 2005 ed
Characteristics: 295 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Frida Kahlo