The diary of Frida Kahlo : an intimate self-portrait

by Frida Kahlo

Paper Book, 1995




New York : H.N. Abrams, 1995.


Published in its entirety, Frida Kahlo's amazing illustrated journal documents the last ten years of her turbulent life. These passionate, often surprising, intimate records, kept under lock and key for some 40 years in Mexico, reveal many new dimensions in the complex personal life of this remarkable Mexican artist. The 170-page journal contains the artist's thoughts, poems, and dreams--many reflecting her stormy relationship with her husband, artist Diego Rivera--along with 70 mesmerizing watercolor illustrations. The text entries, written in Frida's round, full script in brightly colored inks, make the journal as captivating to look at as it is to read. Her writing reveals the artist's political sensibilities, recollections of her childhood, and her enormous courage in the face of more than 35 operations to correct injuries she had sustained in an accident at the age of 18. This intimate portal into her life is sure to fascinate fans of the artist, art historians, and women's culturalists alike.… (more)

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LibraryThing member themagiciansgirl
I ask you for violence, in the nonsense,
and you, you give me grace, your light
and your warmth.
I'd like to paint you, but there are no
colors because there are so many, in my
confusion, the tangible form
of my great love."

--Frida Kahlo to Diego Rivera

This is a stunning book. A wildly colorful record of Frida Kahlo's creativity, longing, passion, politics, pain, aspirations, fears and - of course - undying love for Diego Rivera. Frida's very heart and soul pour from every page.
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LibraryThing member CozyLover
Frida Kahlo was a fascinating, strong woman who I admire. Her rt work is not the "feel good" type, such as Monet or Renior, , but it is compelling and full of raw emotion. The things this woman went through are so harsh, from her accident, her multiple operations to her tumultuous marriage to Diego Rivera. All these things come to life in her art and in her personal diary. Her diary completely captivates me. It is so personal, as all good diaries are, that it really gives the reader a glimpse into the "real" Frida. A stunning book full of life, love, loss and anger. This is the heart and soul of Frida.… (more)
LibraryThing member deliriumslibrarian
What it's like to feel and see.
LibraryThing member HadriantheBlind
Haunting and brilliant - much like the artist herself. I feel as though I've seen almost too much. An intimate portrait indeed.
LibraryThing member caanderson
What an honor to read some of the private written and see the art in this journal. Her body of work is beautiful and startling. She was a great artist gone too soon.


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