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Discover the diverse sides of Frida Kahlo, an influential feminist, Mexican cultural symbol, political activist, and groundbreaking artist. Her powerful paintings, inspired by the struggles of her life, are presented in conjunction with her tumultuous biography, revealing the bold and defiant face that stares back from her self-portraits.

Frida Kahlo's (1907–54) powerful paintings were a reflection of her personal suffering. Despite enduring a life-threatening accident at just 18 years old, ongoing health issues, a tumultuous marriage, miscarriages and infertility, she channeled her struggles into groundbreaking artwork.

Kahlo's self-portraits are a blend of reality and surrealism that rebelliously challenge the idea of her being a helpless victim. Every element of her experience - hair, roots, veins, vines, tendrils, and fallopian tubes - is intertwined into a physiological language. Furthermore, she incorporates her communist beliefs into numerous pieces, reflecting her alignment with her husband Diego Rivera. The artist described her paintings as “the most sincere and real thing that I could do in order to express what I felt inside and outside of myself.”

This text presents Kahlo's extensive body of work, examining her unwavering determination as an artist and her significance as a painter, feminist icon, and trailblazer in Latin American culture.

  • English edition
  • Product Type: Monograph, Hardcover
  • 96 pages, with 100 illustrations
  • Published in 2015
  • Shipping Dimensions: 10.4 × 8.5 × 0.7 inches  (26.4 × 21.6 × 1.8 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 lb (22.4 oz; 635 g)
  • SKU010011723 | 9783836500852

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Frida Kahlo in 1932

About the Artist

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo (1907 — 1954) was a Mexican painter best known for her uncompromising and brilliantly colored self-portraits that deal with such themes as identity, the human body, and death. Although she denied the connection, she is often identified as a Surrealist. In addition to her work, Kahlo was known for her tumultuous relationship with muralist Diego Rivera (married 1929, divorced 1939, remarried 1940).

About the Author

Andrea Kettenmann

Andrea Kettenmann studied art history in Göttingen and Hamburg before joining the art history department of the University of Hamburg. She has published widely on Frida Kahlo and has contributed to numerous exhibitions and catalogues. She works as a freelance art historian in Mexico City, where she has lived for many years.


About the Publisher


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