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1. Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo
2. The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate
3. Frida Kahlo: The Paintings
4. Frida Kahlo 1907-1954: Pain and
5. Frida Kahlo: Face to Face
6. Frida Kahlo
7. Frida Kahlo: The Artist who Painted
8. Frida's Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences
9. Finding Frida Kahlo
10. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera:
11. Frida Kahlo
12. I Will Never Forget You: Frida
13. Frida Kahlo Retrospective
14. Frida's Bed
15. Frida Kahlo: The Painter and Her
16. Imaging Her Selves: Frida Kahlo's
17. Frida Kahlo: The Artist in the
18. Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress:
19. Frida Kahlo (Getting to Know the
20. Frida Kahlo: Portraits 0f An Icon

1. Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo
by Hayden Herrera
Paperback: 528 Pages (2002-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Hailed by readers and critics across the country, this engrossing biography of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo reveals a woman of extreme magnetism and originality, an artist whose sensual vibrancy came straight from her own experiences: her childhood near Mexico City during the Mexican Revolution; a devastating accident at age eighteen that left her crippled and unable to bear children; her tempestuous marriage to muralist Diego Rivera and intermittent love affairs with men as diverse as Isamu Noguchi and Leon Trotsky; her association with the Communist Party; her absorption in Mexican folklore and culture; and her dramatic love of spectacle.

Here is the tumultuous life of an extraordinary twentieth-century woman -- with illustrations as rich and haunting as her legend.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Frida:
Frida: A Biography of Frida Kalho is a great movie.Having read Le Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver plus Frida by Hayden Herrera I know this movie correctly follows the chronology of her life.The movie maker has used the Mexican setting beautifully in the shooting of this film.Understanding the meaning and the context of Frida's paintings the director has masterfully created "freeze frames" which replicate her paintings then made these come to life.

Frida was a bright energetic person who suffered tragedy early in life.She was determined not to be forgotten, to overcome her circumstances and to live her life with spirit, with love, with art all around her and with true alegria.Her story is an inspiration.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the book to read if you want to know Frida Kahlo in depth
Women artists of the past had been largely ignored by art historians but articles began to appear here and there in the Seventies as women art historians rejected the idea that all great artists were male and researched these neglected women who made art and were well known in their own time, then forgotten.This took courage as defying patriarchal systems always does. In 1976, the seminal "Women Artists:1550-1950" by Ann Sutherland-Harris and Linda Nochlin includes a section on Kahlo's work.That's an excellent book for anyone interested in the history of art by women, probably out of print but available through libraries.

Before "Women Artists" came out, I saw Frida's work in an article, which I think was in the "Feminist Art Journal."I was awestruck, to the extent of creating a piece titled "Homage to Frida Kahlo" for my 1978 exhibition at an Atlanta gallery.My work is not like Frida's but she is effectively my "patron saint" as an artist, a real inspiration.She was an amazing artist who endured a lot of pain but kept making art and, when she was well, liked to cook and entertain, go to parties, etc.I don't share her atheism, communist ideology, bisexuality, or problems with an unfaithful husband but I don't hold them against her, either, and understand why she had affairs of her own.She'd be very, very high on my list if I were asked that old question "What famous dead people would you like to have dinner with?"If such a dinner could actually happen, I'd ask if I might bring my husband along to translate for me, perhaps my daughter, too, and hope Frida would cook for us in her Blue House.

The earliest publication date I can find listed online for Hayden Herrera's "Frida" is 1983 -- someone has borrowed my copy again so I can't check to see if it is actually older.But the 2002 edition is not the original date and I thought it was out by 1978.

That first article I read may have been by Hayden Herrera.I know she later wrote one for ArtForum but there is no online bibliography of her articles, only her books.There were other books that came out in the same general time frame and they're fine for someone who doesn't want to read a long book about Frida. But Herrera's "Frida" is the best as art history and biography.Also especially good, in my view, is "The Diary of Frida Kahlo," which actually reproduces Frida's diary, writings and drawings.And Herrera's book "Frida Kahlo: the Paintings" is more photos, less biography, a good companion to "Frida."

If you still want and need more of Frida, go here:[...]
for a long list of books with reviews; all seem to be available at amazon.I'm tempted to read the 2008 book that is an interview she gave to her female friend and psychologist towards the end of her life, but turned off by the idea that it includes a psychological assessment of Frida given by another psychologist, a male, presumably written for this book by a man who never knew Frida!Talk about a long-distance diagnosis. . .

Perhaps it's better not to know everything that's behind anyone's mask, better not to hear what Frida told her shrink, just look at more of her work and enjoy it.She showed us her psyche quite a lot in her paintings.Viva Frida!

5-0 out of 5 stars Biography of Frida Kahlo on CD Outstanding
The Biography of Frida Kahlo on CD is outstanding.The quality of the CDs is high, as advertised, and the vendor went to great lengths to get me the CDs in excellent condition and more quickly than expected.
Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best...........!
This wonderful book tells the remarkable story of one of the most interesting women of all time. It is wonderful "read" and as colorful as Frida herself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Frida Rocks!
I read this book when it was first published and it changed my life, the way i looked at art and the way I approached my own art.Frida was an enigmatic personality, a genius of the surreal emotions we have.I adore her and her art.The book by Hayden Herrera was so thoroughly researched that if you end up visiting Coyocan, you will feel familiar with it and the cultures that surround it.Wonderful biography, well written, well researched and what a great service the author has done in educating us on an incredible artist that would have otherwise been hidden behind the shadows of her husband. ... Read more

2. The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait
by Carlos Fuentes
Hardcover: 296 Pages (2005-08-09)
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The intimate life of artist Frida Kahlo is wonderfully revealed in the illustrated journal she kept during her last 10 years. This passionate and at times surprising record contains the artist's thoughts, poems, and dreams; many reflecting her stormy relationship with her husband, artist Diego Rivera, along with 70 mesmerising watercolour illustrations. The text entries in brightly coloured 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 thirty-five operations to correct injuries she had sustained in an accident at the age of eighteen.Amazon.com Review
Frida Kahlo, one of the most dynamic figures of 20th-centuryart, has very nearly become a saint, so legendary is her tumultuousand tragic life. While there is no dearth of books about Kahlo and herwork, none are as poignantly revealing as this diary, which includesher own words and pictures. We find the genesis of some of her mostfamous paintings, her love letters, and sketches of people she knewsuch as her husband, the Mexican mural painter Diego Rivera, andnumerous studies for self-portraits.The most fascinating part of thebook is the facsimile diary, in its exact size, reproduced here forthe first time, with color illustrations. It is accompanied by anEnglish translation with explanatory commentaries. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Own for Frida Junkies
This is not a book that you read, per se. If you are looking for a biography or autobiography of Kahlo and want to find out about her life and times - this is Not the book.
If you already have a lot of knowledge of Kahlo then this diary is a fantastic addition. It provides you with an insight into her mind, dreams and pain. The beautiful color reproduction of her actual drawing and writing is accompanied by a type-set explanation of her words.

No scholar of Frida Kahlo should be without this amazing, gorgeous portfolio. It is inspiring on many levels.

5-0 out of 5 stars Frida Kahlo's first centenary

Among the most transcendental and pyramidal tragic artists of the past century, the name of Frida Kahlo evokes so many things. Her desperation, loneliness, bitter hopeless worked out as inspirational devices that wrought a character, a personal vision of the life an exceptional artistic legacy.

Here you have just a part about some of her most sharp reflections:

Her birthday

What so I have laughed: they never knew what to do respect my birthday. Was she born on July 6, 1907? Or perhaps July 7 1910? I really enjoyed a lot watching them to discuss.

The accident

To remember... Some words loose its sense, it's true. One feels the necessity of turning back to think in what we had almost forgotten. What we have for life doesn't proceed from the memory, but the quotidian existence: the memory doesn't come me to the spirit as when one tries to find, holding to a past image to precise it through the time. My body is all the mistaken times.

Her son

He was like a huge spittle of water, gold and spume. After that I saw nothing more, the ground was white under my feet; the fear lacerations of thunder fragmentized my body, an absolute desolation, my flesh turned on fluid, it undertook a beforehand lost battle, a dislocation of the members, brutal, the chaotic disorganization of an unity, an opened body emptying itself of its life, giving the death, giving itself the death...

I keep you into myself as a wounded secret, now. I look around the silence that swallows me, the objects vanish themselves, my legs fail me. There's not reference point, no place in nowhere. I am that diffused stuff, the silence is into myself. Four white walls that transpire a smell like the ether, that contain a messy universe...

About love

My night knows that I would like to see you, to follow with my hands every curve of your body, to recognize your face and fondle it. My night drowns me of your absence... my body groans in silence its loneliness under the memory of you. My body would like to kiss you in its dream. I miss you so much. And your words. And your color...

These thoughts express by themselves the heart-breaking oppression and lacerating pain that surrounded her.

But even so, we never feel a self complaining attitude. These sorrows were -at the same time- the primordial pivots of her works, hovered by a beating, mysterious, distant and untamed beauty.

Her last words? A sentence from her diary: "I gladly hope the exit... and I hope never get back"

Go for this! It's an absolute must-have.

In memoriam.

5-0 out of 5 stars all frida
This is a really great window into Frida's mind. The forewords are really interesting. The book is a little short though, if you're used to reading long novels and such.

5-0 out of 5 stars A real look at the woman inside the artist
Frida's diary is just that, thoughts and feelings, sketches combined with doodling, poetry and tears all mixed together without the need for a storyline or plot. Since it was never intended for publications it wasn't meant to be a coherent story or chronological account (although one is included in the back of the book). This was her personal journal, a secret friend with whom she could openly share her heart and deepest emotions. She didn't waste precious paper, so when her ink drawings "bled" onto the next sheet, she used the blotches to draw whatever her imagination saw, it wasn't supposed to be pretty or professional. She led an unusual life, so her story isn't always easy to follow.

The book is extra large and heavy because it was reproduced in the original (in Spanish), then the translation of the text follows, so you have to keep flipping back and forth to look at the artwork and read the text separately, which is awkward but I think worth the effort, just use two bookmarks to keep track of where you're at.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love Frida
I loved this book! I can't seem to put it down I do have to say that I would recommend it for billingual readers you will get a better understanding of the book.It is translated in english towards the back but, spanish readers will benifit the most out of the book because you will be able to understand Frida's humor about Diego.The first part of the diary is all in spanish and was written by Frida. The 2nd half is the english translation that will show a small replica of her drawings with the english translation. Some words are better left in spanish because the translation in english will not do them justice.Frida expresses her feelings so well that you can't help but feel her burning passion for diego and her lonliness. Frida was an intersting individual and her art is magnificent.She was an artist and a poet.Frida's diary is very morbid to say the least but, I love it. She expressed exactly what she felt at that exact moment. Her explanation to the way she sees each color is fantastic.I have gone through her paintings to see how many times she used the color Yellow.Buy the book to find out what this color means. Her physical pain is obvious and her paintings speak out for them selves. There is no doubt she was madly in love with diego above all.I learned much more about her through this diary. Please buy the Frida movie starring Selma Hayek things will make more sense to you.The author of this book uses every day language to translate her art.It is a must have book, I will definetly read it over and over. The book is absolutely a must have for Frida addicts like myself.I sometimes get lost while I'm reading it because I feel as if I can see and feel what she is describing.I absolutely love Frida and her artwork. Don't hesitate to buy this book it is worth every dollar you spend. ... Read more

3. Frida Kahlo: The Paintings
by Hayden Herrera
Paperback: 272 Pages (1993-10-13)
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In small, stunningly rendered self-portraits, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo painted herself cracked open, hemorrhaging during a miscarriage, anesthetized on a hospital gurney, and weeping beside her own extracted heart. Her works are so incendiary in emotion and subject matter that one art critic suggested the walls of an exhibition be covered with asbestos.

In this beautiful book, art historian Hayden Herrera brings together numerous paintings and sketches by the amazing Mexican artist, documenting each with explanatory text that probes the influences in Kahlo's life and their meaning for her work. Included among the illustrations are more than eighty full-color paintings, as well as dozens of black-and-white pictures and line illustrations. Among the famous and little-known works included in Frida Kahlo: The Paintings are The Two Fridas, Self-Portrait as a Tehuana, Without Hope, The Dream, The Little Deer, Diego and I, Henry Ford Hospital, My Birth, and My Nurse and I. Here, too, are documentary photographs of Frida Kahlo and her world that help to illuminate the various stages of her life.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Burn it Blue
Great biography that explains everything you'd ever want to know about the adverse yet bittersweet life of the amazing and vibrant soul that is Frida Kahlo. Includes all, if not most of her paintings and explains each one down to the core. Also includes wonderful photos of Frida and the people in her life, throughout her entire life. I totally suggest this one =o)

4-0 out of 5 stars Frida's whole life and paintings
If you are curious to know more about Frida Kahlo's life, inspiration, and paintings, this is the right book to look at. The paintings and photographs create a very complete biography of this great woman and artist. She was ahead of her time. This book is easy and interesting to see and to read.

5-0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary life in art
I know nothing about Mexico or about paintings. And I am least interested to read biographies. Still I found myself intriguied by Frida Kahlo who is a Mexican painter and picked this biography on her life. Her life is very extraordinary as I found out when I watched this movie on her starring Salma Hayek.And I loved this book because it told the story of her through her paintings.
Its her paintings which make you wanna ask questions, for her paintings are not about pretty flowers or landscape or fishes in the oceans. Many of her paintings are in fact shocking in the way that they are too direct and poignant, and splattered with a lot of blood but still they are not asking for any sympathy or anything at all. Frida was a very talented woman who could make striking poetry on canvas. She painted everything with an element of her in it.... her emotions, her pain, her longing and her feelings.She is all about strength, strong will, determination,and pride. She did not try to do right or wrong thing but live her life her own way, on her rules, a woman who made herself memorable and a legend through her paintings. She inspires because of her gritty life.
This book is very engrossing read on Frida's life as seen through her paintings.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best Kahlo bio out there
This is easily, and without fluff, the best Frida Kahlo bio in print. Herrera not only has a great gift with wordds, but she truly gets within Kahlo's turbulent times, affairs and issues to paint a very descriptive world of this brilliant, tortured woman.

5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, beautiful book
My children gave this book to me for Christmas as a companion to Frida's biography. It is beautiful and comprehensive. A must-have for any fan of her work. ... Read more

4. Frida Kahlo 1907-1954: Pain and Passion
by Andrea Kettenmann
Paperback: 96 Pages (1999-08-01)
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Asin: 3822859834
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The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is one of the most important 20th century painters, and one of the few Latin American artists to have achieved a global reputation. In 1983 her work was declared the property of the Mexican state. Kahlo was one of the daughters of an immigrant German photographer and a Mexican woman of Indian origin. Her life and work were more inextricably interwoven than in almost any other artist's case. Two events in her life were of crucial importance. When she was 18, a bus accident put her in hospital for a year with a smashed spinal column and fractured pelvis. It was from her sick bed that she first started to paint. Then, aged 21, she married the world-famous Mexican mural artist Diego Rivera. She was to suffer the effects of the accident her whole life long, and was particularly pained by her inability to have children.Her arresting pictures, most of them small format self-portraits, express the burdens that weighed upon her soul: her unbearable physical pain, the grief that Rivera's occasional affairs prompted, the sorrow about her childlessness caused her, her homesickness when living abroad and her longing to feel that she had put down roots, profound loneliness. However, they also declare her passionate love for her husband, her pronounced sensuousness, and her unwavering survival instinct. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great info/ Not good resolution on paintings
I have two side to review this book. One is the context in terms of the biography and the other is the graphics.

The biography is great; plenty of details. I love it. The graphics are not as good as I thought. Sandly I bought this book because I thought that I could see the paintings in big pages and with good resolution. I was interested in that because Frida wrote dedicatories and mesages in her paintings. This book is small (smaller than a regular notebook) and you only a hand-full of paintings are full-page size. I don't remember reading that on the description, but I'm warning you, just in case you were looking for the same things I was.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction
This book is an excellent introduction to the life and art of Frida Kahlo.It has many full color plates of her work and photographs of the artist as well.The text is an excellent abridgement of a colorful, complex life.I highly recommend this to all Frida fans both new and old.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction to Kahlo (a review of the English translation)
If you saw the Selma Hayek movie on the life of Frida Kahlo and want to know a bit more, this is a wonderful introduction to her professional life. In fact, the movie and this book complement one another quite nicely, since the movie tended to focus on her personal life.

Andrea Kettenmann's book follows the life of Kahlo and does a great job of explaining the symbolism of Kahlo's work as it pertains to her personal life, her health setbacks and her political beliefs. There are 93 illustrations in this book - most of them are her paintings.She also includes a couple of photographs of Diego Rivera's works that included images of Kahlo.

This is a small book (less than 100 pages), but it packs a whole lot of punch and is very effective as an introduction to this fascinating artist.

5-0 out of 5 stars TASHEN does it again
After watching the Bio-Pic "Frida" (2002), Director: Julie Taymor, based on the book "Frida : A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera, I decided it wad time to read more of this Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) who married Diego Rivera and was an artist in her own write.

This book, "Frida Kahlo 1907-1954: Pain and Passion" by Andrea Kettenmann, Is a great and informative introduction to Kahlo, her art and the person behind the art. Not to sound shallow but the color reproductions and the photos are worth the purchase price on their own. However knowing what they are trying to portray always ads that extra meaning.

No matter what book or movie you buy this is an added must to your library and a different look at the life and times of Freda.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Life of a Genius Painter In One Book
"Frida Kahlo 1907-1954: Pain And Passion" travels through her life and turbulances through her many paintings she drew throughout her life.This book is more than just her paintings.The auther shares the story of the inspiration of her every paintings.She shares everything in great detail that is highly accurate to Kahlo's living.Every page shows how Kahlo has inspired a generation of artists ranging beyond painting.It's great that the author wrote this book since many are unaware of Kahlo's work.Her words keep Kahlo's art and her life alive.This book is great for those looking to get inspired and to learn about this genius painter.Those wanting more should also watch the movie "Frida", starring Selma Hayak as Frida Kahlo. ... Read more

5. Frida Kahlo: Face to Face
by Judy Chicago, Frances Borzello
Hardcover: 252 Pages (2010-09-01)
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At once deeply personal and brilliantly perceptive, this dynamic reconsideration of the life and work of Frida Kahlo is curated by the prominent feminist artist Judy Chicago, who helped introduce American audiences to Kahlo's paintings.
For decades Judy Chicago has worked tirelessly to ensure that women's artistic achievements become a permanent part of our cultural heritage. In this sumptuous, large format book, she turns her attention to the work of Frida Kahlo, one of the world's most revered female painters. In this volume Chicago, together with her collaborator, art historian Frances Borzello, has handpicked a selection of Kahlo's work, a hundred portraits that speak to the full spectrum of women's experience. The result is a fascinating conversation between two artistic icons, one that is further enhanced by a dialogue between Chicago and Borzello, an authority on women's portraiture. The book features each work on its own spread, facing commentary by Chicago and Borzello. Essays explore Kahlo's many facets: woman, artist, historical figure, and inspiration. Designed to evoke a Mexican retablo, or altarpiece, this volume reframes Frida Kahlo for a contemporary audience. ... Read more

6. Frida Kahlo
by Hayden Herrera, Elizabeth Carpenter, Frida Kahlo
Hardcover: 304 Pages (2007-10-01)
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Asin: 0935640886
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Few artists have captured the public's imagination with the force of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. During her lifetime, she was best known as the flamboyant wife of celebrated muralist Diego Rivera. Theirs was a tumultuous relationship: Rivera declared himself to be "unfit for fidelity." As if to assuage her pain, Kahlo recorded the vicissitudes of her marriage in paint. She also recorded the misery of her deteriorating health--the orthopedic corsets that she was forced to wear, the numerous spinal surgeries, the miscarriages and therapeutic abortions. The artist's sometimes harrowing imagery is mitigated by an intentional primitivism and small scale, as well as by her sardonic humor and extraordinary imagination.
In celebration of the one-hundredth anniversary of Kahlo's birth, this major new monograph is published on the occasion of the 2007-08 traveling exhibition. It features the artist's most renowned work--the hauntingly seductive and often brutal self-portraits--as well as a selection of key portraits and still lifes; more than 100 color plates, from Kahlo's earliest works, made in 1926, to her last, in 1954; critical essays by Elizabeth Carpenter, Hayden Herrera and Victor Zamudio-Taylor; and a selection of photographs of Kahlo and Rivera by preeminent photographers of the period, including Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Gisele Freund, Tina Modotti and Nickolas Muray. The catalogue also contains snapshots from the artist's own photo albums of Kahlo with family and friends such as Andre Breton and Leon Trotsky--some of which have never been published, and several of which Kahlo inscribed with dedications, effaced with self-deprecating marks or kissed with a lipstick trace--plus an extensive illustrated timeline, selected bibliography, exhibition history and index. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A fascinating depiction
When I was a college student 30 years ago I was fortunate enough to live in Coyoacan and visit Frida Kahlo's house a number of times.Coyoacan is quaint and charming and colorful.To walk the ancient streets is to enter a dream.
Seeing Frida Kahlo's work for the first time was startling.The honesty took me aback. Women were conditioned to keep quiet and not emote at the time and yet she literally bared all.
She fascinated me and I was drawn to her art, her homes and her life with Diego Rivera.
Hayden Herrera's book is a well researched and vivid depiction of a life fraught with challenge, triumph, disappointment, courage and eventual surrender.Her love for Diego was epic.
Another book about Diego Rivera that depicts the struggle of his first wife Angeline Beloff, also a great artist, is called "House on the Bridge: Ten Turbulent Years with Diego Rivera". In it one sees his struggle to define himself and realize the importance of Mexico and its culture to him.Living in exile made him crave the color, romance and passion of Mexico.Though he married Lupe Marin on his return; Frida was the great passionate love affair of his life. Yes, he had many but she was his match in many ways.

5-0 out of 5 stars Frida Kahlo by H. Herrera
This book is one I have been wanting for awhile, so it was very exciting to finally have a copy. I studied Frida's work whilst at University and have remained an admirer of what she stood for and what she created.This book is firstly a lovely hardcover, with good photos of her work. It includes written reference to her life in Mexico, her family, loves, creativity and sadness. I have previously read work by Hayden Herrera so this book met my expectations from that perspective. If you find Frida's story and work intriguing, then this will be something to add to your art book collection. Personally I enjoyed this very much but if you are new to her work then this is an excellent reference book to start with.

4-0 out of 5 stars Something left unsaid
I bought this book after seeing the landmark exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The show included a number of photographs from Kahlo's own albums and from other photographers. What startled me was the difference between the woman we see in the photos and the person Kahlo shows us.

The photos show a person who is more vital, more dynamic than the iconish character that Kahlo paints. I appreciate the usual art history stuff about her biography and influences, but I wish someone had the courage to approach the distortions that made her art.
The reproductions in this book are excellent and I passed it on to my daughter who, like many women of her generation, finds Kahlo to be a touchstone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Frida Kahlo
I have several books on Frida Kahlo in fact an earlier version written by the same author, but I felt this addition stands on its own & warrants keeping as there is enough new information, visuals to make it a keeper.

5-0 out of 5 stars Frida Kahlo - extraordinary
My wife and I saw the recent Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Walker in Minneapolis. We both thoroughly enjoyed it. I bought the book "Frida Kahlo" on line from Amazon as a gift for my wife. My wife has a bad back as did Frida. The pain in her body comes through in her art, and I think my wife felt a strong connection with Frida. My wife loved the book, and she was very happy with the gift.
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7. Frida Kahlo: The Artist who Painted Herself (Smart About Art)
by Margaret Frith
Paperback: 32 Pages (2003-08-11)
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Asin: 0448426773
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Through original artwork by the renowned artist Tomie dePaola-a longtime aficionado of Frida Kahlo's work-as well as beautiful reproductions of Kahlo's paintings, this latest Smart About book explores the creative, imaginative world of Mexico's most celebrated female artist.

Illustrated by Tomie dePaola. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great book series
This series of books are quite detailed and very nice for kids. My 6 year old daughter like these as bed time reading. Excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Frida Kahlo the Beautiful artist
Frida Kahlo is a very wonderful artist. Her pictures are Beautiful. She paints things really good and I think I cant even paint that good! This book tells you how good Frida Kahlo was at art. She paints herself she paints animals she paints things that blow off your head, her paintings are so good! Well, read this book to find out how frida saved her life by doing art. Reccomended for people who may want to be better at art.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I am a middle school art teacher and this book fits right in with my artist report unit. Using a graphic organizer, my students explored the world of famous artists. This book is great for kids because it breaks things down into simpler terms than academic or more adult works. Colorful, sweet and to the point.

4-0 out of 5 stars Frida Kahlo: the Artist Who Painted Herself (Smart About Art)
Great idea contained in this book.Having a student present the book as her report.I used this to have my students pick artists to write a report about. Read the book to my older students. 4-7th grade.A little lengthy for the little ones. ... Read more

8. Frida's Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo
by Marie-Pierre Colle, Guadalupe Rivera
Hardcover: 224 Pages (1994-09-20)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In the tradition of the best-selling Monet's Table, Frida's Fiestas is a personal account in words and pictures of many important and happy events in the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and a scrapbook, assembled by her stepdaughter, of recipes for more than 100 dishes that Frida served to family and friends with her characteristic enthusiasm for all the pleasures of life.Full-color photographs. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Frida's Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Krida Kahlo
This is a beautiful book and an intimate, positive portrait of Frida.Because the book is written by a loving family member, we see a different side of Frida.So much written about her describes her many struggles, but here, we see the part of her that was celebration.She had a welcoming home and table and a playfulness which is apparently overlooked by other writers.This book made me see her as a less tragic figure.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book....can't believe this was created....like a dream come true!
If you love Frida and love food you will enjoy this gem of a book...by one of Diego's children...amazing photos set in her Blue House, so beautifully crafted, with love, and fantastic, real deal, recipes, whole dinners explained... grouped by season, or event important to Frida....their wedding dinner even.Just amazing.Muy linda y muy authentico...viva la Frida!Gracias.

2-0 out of 5 stars Frida's Fiestas
More a gift for someone who loves to have recipe books than that it gives a better view on the life of Frida Kahlo.

5-0 out of 5 stars Frida's Fiestas
Great recipe book. It was very gently used and just what I was looking for. Made a great Christmas gift and shipped faster than I expected. Will be looking for another one for myself soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Frida's Fiestas:Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo
I may never cook any of the recipes in this book but I will enjoy flipping through the pages and enjoying the stories and pictures of Frida's life for many years to come. ... Read more

9. Finding Frida Kahlo
by Barbara Levine, Stephen Jaycox
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2009-09-02)
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Asin: 1568988303
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"Let's go see the Frida Kahlos."

It seemed inconceivable that after decades of exhibitions, auctions, books, and movies, unpublished Frida Kahlo artwork could still be found anywhere, much less a shop in a converted textile factory. "Well, if you don't believe me just come along," replied her traveling companion. Levine, having recently relocated to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, could not resist and was soon en route to La Buhardilla Antiquarios (The Attic Antiques).

Down an arched stone corridor in a small back room sat two wooden chests, a metal trunk, a wooden box, and a battered old suitcase. On the lid of the suitcase was the name "Sra. KAHLO DE RIVERA." The shop owners opened the five cases to reveal a jumble of objects, including paintings, drawings, keepsake boxes, annotated books, clothing, a diary, and other assorted items and ephemera. Levine picked up one of ten airmail letters, inscribed with the words "personal archive of Frida K. and personal archive of my private life."

Finding Frida Kahlo presents, for the first time in print, an astonishing lost archive of one of the twentieth century's most revered artists. Hidden from view for over half a century, this richly illustrated, intimate portrait overflows with fascinating details about Kahlo's romances, friendships, and business affairs during a three-decade period, beginning in the 1920s when she was a teenager and ending just before she died in 1954. Full of ardent desires, seething fury, and outrageous humor, Finding Frida Kahlo is a rare glimpse into an exuberant and troubled existence: A vivid diary entry records her sexual encounter with a woman named Doroti; a painted box contains eleven stuffed hummingbirds, concealed beneath a letter in which she laments her discovery that her husband, Diego Rivera, had been monstrously dissecting "these beautiful creatures" to extract an aphrodisiac; an altered French medical book describes the pain she was suffering from the amputation of her right leg, written by Kahlo upon pages that illustrate an amputation technique; a letter to a friend expresses her loneliness, and a simple request for coconut candies. Frida Kahlo never wrote an autobiography. Instead, she left behind a much more complex material universe. Finding Frida Kahlo offers scholars and fans alike an opportunity to examine firsthand Kahlo's secret world and draw their own conclusions about how she imagined her place in it. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Dangerous......
I am no expert or art historian. I am however an artist and avid Kahlo enthusiast. I traveled half way across the the country to see the Frida Kahlo show at the SFMOMA. She has inspired me an my work greatly. Upon finding this book at the bookstore I was very excited. More Frida treasures! I opened the book and what was first excitement quickly turned into disappointment, shock, then anger. What I saw was fascinating, however I had to look at the cover again to see if this book was implying this was actually Fridas work, and it did. I have every book about her. I have seen her work in person. However the work presented in this publication I do not believe is hers. It is all too perfect. Too neatly laid out. And the quality of the drawings and sketches is way too contemporary. Almost has a graphic arts quality, which her work never had. Her work wasnt neat. It was raw. Everything, every little piece of paper has her name or intials on it. A total contrast to other personal items found of hers. There might be a few authentic pieces in the mix, but I feel overall it is way too contrived. Too much a love letter to die hards fans and followers that desperately want there to be more work to such an iconic artist. Granted, it is all fascinating and beautiful to look at.....it just doesnt feel like Fridas work. We live in a dangerous era, when the truth and authenticity of things is harder and harder to identify. I feel the people envolved with the research for this book want it to be real, and arent trying to deceive people, I just feel more should have been done before such a major publication was produced without full knowledge.

5-0 out of 5 stars valuable contribution from Bay Area icon
Any photographer in the Bay Area knows Barbara Levine and has relished her shows. Now she gives us a treasure trove. While I'm waiting for the big photo book in the Spring I'll feast on this.

4-0 out of 5 stars Finding Frida Kahlo
A nice book that adds a extra dimension to the life of this very special and unique artist

5-0 out of 5 stars Get Over It!!
Until the accusers and doubters of "Finding Frida" have seen the material on which it is based first-hand; or until the investigators that the collection owner has brought in find it to be fake (none have so far); and until someone can explain to me how--and why--anyone would go to the trouble of forging such a complex and diverse mountain of work, my inclination is to support its likely authenticity. And I certainly support this beautiful book, the primary intention of which is to present it as serendipitously discovered material--which might have forever gone undiscovered--preserved by someone who turns out to be famous and of great historical and cultural interest.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Rare Find
This book is indeed a rare find....whether the contents of this collection are ever authenticated or not, this book is a gem.It's amazing to me just how the photographer and writer have put the reader in the position of unpacking the contents right along side them.I agree with Barbara Levine that it's the discovery of one's archives or made-up archives, as some would like to believe, the process of uncovering the pieces of someone's life that makes it so interesting.It's hard for me, solely an amateur, to believe that one would go to such extremes to mimic or create another's memories to this extent for the sake of fame.

This book is surely to become a collector's item on its own merit...whether the collection is authentic or not.Please don't get hung up on the critics banter and completely miss the author's point.I commend Barbara Levine for documenting and sharing this collection in such a perceptive way.
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10. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Their Lives and Ideas, 24 Activities (For Kids series)
by Carol Sabbeth
Paperback: 160 Pages (2005-08-01)
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Children will find artistic inspiration as they learn about iconic artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in these imaginative and colorful activities. The art and ideas of Kahlo and Rivera are explored through projects that include painting a self-portrait Kahlo-style, creating a mural with a social message like Rivera, making a Day of the Dead ofrenda, and crafting an Olmec head carving. Vibrant illustrations throughout the book include Rivera's murals and paintings, Kahlo's dreamscapes and self-portraits, pre-Columbian art and Mexican folk art, as well as many photographs of the two artists. Children will learn that art is more than just pretty pictures; it can be a way to express the artist's innermost feelings, a source of everyday joy and fun, an outlet for political ideas, and an expression of hope for a better world. Sidebars will introduce children to other Mexican artists and other notable female artists. A time line, listings of art museums and places where Kahlo and Rivera's art can be viewed, and a list of relevant websites complete this cross-cultural art experience.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Latin American Culture and Art
Great resource for teaching about Latin American artisits and culture.The project ideas were original and the background information was very helpful. ... Read more

11. Frida Kahlo
by Luis-Martin Lozano
Hardcover: 260 Pages (2001-10-08)
list price: US$85.00 -- used & new: US$43.35
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Asin: 0821227661
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Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist whose life was nearly as dramatic as her art. She endured a catastrophic set of physical calamities as a child and young woman, was an active member of the Communist Party, and survived a tempestuous marriage to the artist Diego Rivera. This book includes many photos of her life alongside her extraordinary paintings. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive volume of Frida Kahlo's work and life
I've been a fan of Frida Kahlo since high school, and as an artist, I've been on a quest to find a book that includes all of her paintings and portrays their colors and contrast accurately. Many books increase the contrast so much that you can no longer see definition in the dark areas of her painting, but not this one! Likewise, many books only show a few of her more popular paintings, but this large volume dug many up from obscurity and presents them in vivid, full-page detail.

If you would like to own one book that covers all of Frida's works, this is it--look no further! This has a poetically written account of the political and social conditions she grew up and flourished in, as well as details of her paintings that are amazing.

5-0 out of 5 stars An In-Depth Account of Kahlo's Private Life
Tired of reading all the Kahlo biographies full of facts in a "documentary style" format..? Then this book is for you. This Kahlo biography, with a splash of Mexican history, presents an in-depth look at the private life of this famous Mexican painter in the style of a novel. This book is written for young adult readers and is very well written, well organized, easy reading and full of tidbits of information not found in other books. Once you start to read it you can't put it down. When you're finished you will know and understand the real Frida Kahlo. Highly recommend this book to readers of all ages.

If you are looking for information on her paintings you won't find it here. Not much is said about her paintings and there are only 6 small color and 3 black & white illustrations of her paintings and 6 black & white photos. In the back of the book there is a very brief chronology.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
This book is amazing.If you're a fan of Frida Kahlo, don't hesitate to check it out.For one thing, the book itself is well crafted.Along with the gorgeous prints (and various fold outs to show details), there's a good amount of photographs and a well-written biography.

Another great book on Kahlo is "Frida Kahlo: The Painter And Her Work" by Helga Prignitz-Poda.It has a slipcase so perhaps it'll appear to be "better," but Lozano's book is less than half the price, a bit larger and contains just as much, if not more.

I'd imagine poring over this book is as close as one can get to viewing her work in person without actually being there. ... Read more

12. I Will Never Forget You: Frida Kahlo and Nickolas Muray
by Salomon Grimberg
Paperback: 119 Pages (2006-10-26)
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Asin: 0811856925
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In the '30s and '40s, photographer Nickolas Muray was Frida Kahlo's friend, lover, and confidante. He continually photographed her over the course of their relationship, creating dozens of iconic portraits. Largely unpublished until now, the images reflect Muray's love of his subject. An early adopter of color photography, he could hardly have wished for a more vibrant and compelling model. Having made self-portrait the key topic of her existential paintings, Kahlo staged herself before Muray's camera with the same virtuosity she brought to bear on her own paintings—in traditional costumes, heavy jewelry, and hairstyles replete with flowers—and the portraits became a joint endeavor tantamount to a record of performance art. I Will Never Forget You tells the story of their relationship in image and word, drawing on the pair's poignant correspondence and artistic collaboration to paint a fresh portrait of a most beloved artist. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Love Story Documented in Letters and Photos
A Love Story Documented in Letters and Photos

This book, authored by the "Kahlo Guru" Salomon Grimberg, is not just another Kahlo biography nor is it just another book of Kahlo photos.This book tells of a love story between the photographer Nickolas Muray and the painter Frida Kahlo.Written in somewhat of a biographical format, it begins with Muray's life "before Kahlo" followed by Kahlo's life "before Muray"... and then they meet.When these two icons collide, the love story begins.This book captures the most intimate moments of that secret relationship as told through their love letters and the many photographs taken by Muray.56 of those photos, some never before published, are shown in this book in full color and duotone plates.

This book begins with a one page acknowledgement written by Grimberg.In the back of the book there is a 3 page chronology of Nickolas.Following that is an index of 88 known photos of Frida taken by Muray, complete with a thumbnail photo and identifying information.

When you've read of all the mundane biographies and want to read something more personal about Frida, then this book is for you.Although it's a love story, it's just another tragic chapter in Kahlo's anything but ordinary life.

3-0 out of 5 stars Excellent photos - poor text
Many wonderful photos of Frida Kahlo by Nicholas Murray, though they could have been reproduced on a better quality of paper.The text is poor - much of it appears to be mere speculation rather than historically supported fact.And even the speculation jumps events, leaving out intervening information.Numerous typos as well.

If you want the photos - 5 stars for the photos, but 4 for reproduction.If you want accurate biographical information - 2 stars.

4-0 out of 5 stars best book yet on Frida
I purchased as a gift for an artist and follower of Frida Kahlo.It by far is the best book yet on Frida's life and art.This book depicts her concern for humanity, emotions, her inner beauty and life lessons.The recipient loved it! ... Read more

13. Frida Kahlo Retrospective
by Helga Prignitz-Poda, Ingried Brugger, Cristina Kahlo, Peter von Becker, Salomon Grimberg, Arnaldo Kraus, Francisco Reyes Palma, Florian Steininger, Jeanette Zwingenberger
Hardcover: 240 Pages (2010-04-01)
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This companion volume to an
ambitious retrospective holds
a mirror up to the iconic artist
whose work so strongly reflected
her life. The life and work of Frida Kahlo were inextricably intertwined.
This beautiful monograph celebrates the artist while exploring
the lesser-known aspects of her story. Reproductions of
Kahlo s paintings are accompanied by a series of illuminating
essays that explore the artist s private writings and the intense
public interest in her life, the role of physical and mental
suffering in the creative process, and the coded and double
meanings hidden in so much of Kahlo s work. In addition, a
photographic essay compiled by her grandniece, Cristina
Kahlo, features images from the family s private collection. As
an icon of female strength and suffering, Frida Kahlo has
become something of an art world myth. This scholarly yet
profoundly moving illustrated tribute to her life and work
offers a measured perspective that rises above the noise of
celebrity to discover the true artist and the truth of her art. ... Read more

14. Frida's Bed
by Slavenka Drakulic
Paperback: 176 Pages (2008-08-26)
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A beautifully imagined story of the last days of Frida Kahlo’s life

A few days before Frida Kahlo’s death in 1954, she wrote in her diary, “I hope the exit is joyful—and I hope never to return.” Diagnosed with polio at the age of six and plagued by illness and injury throughout her life, Kahlo’s chronic pain was a recurrent theme in her extraordinary art. In Frida’s Bed, Slavenka Drakulic´ explores the inner life of one of the world’s most influential female artists, skillfully weaving Frida’s memories into descriptions of her paintings, producing a meditation on the nature of chronic pain and creativity. With an intriguing subject whose unusual life continues to fascinate, this poignant imagining of Kahlo’s thoughts during her final hours by another daringly original and uncompromising creative talent will attract readers of literary fiction and art lovers alike. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written book!
Frida's Bed is one that you think about long after you've read it!If you're a Frida fan you'll want to read this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Frida's Later Life & Pain
Fascinating book by an unusual author for this topic. Very well written and
interesting if you have access to paintings of Frida Kahlo to see as you read
about them. The story is painful to read since it elaborates her physically
illness and great suffering.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent fictional portrait of an inspiring artist
This was a brilliant and enlightening story, in which Kahlo is an occasional narrator. She was born with spina bifida, developed polio at a young age, which caused extreme pain and atrophy of her right leg, and barely survived a horrible accident aboard a streetcar as a young woman, which led to chronic debilitating pain and disability throughout the rest of her life. Her mother gave her supplies to paint during her convalescence from the accident, and she turned to painting to take her mind off of the pain, and as a mode of self expression.

She boldly took several of her works to the famed muralist Diego Rivera, referred to as "the Maestro" throughout the book, who almost immediately recognized her talent and her beauty, leaving his wife to marry the much younger Kahlo. Their marriage was a necessary but not happy one, as her art flourished with his support but his wanton infidelities took an emotional toll on her.

Drakulic does a masterful job in unveiling Kahlo, and Frida's Bed feels less like a novel than a short autobiography. The author includes several descriptions of Kahlo's portraits within the story, but prints are not included. I had the catalogue from the museum exhibit, Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera, and could quickly refer to these prints. However, someone reading this novel without access to these prints, whether online or on paper, would not gain the same experience and understanding of her work.

The last 30-40 pages were somewhat tedious and repetitive, but Frida's Bed was a fascinating psychological, medical and historical analysis of the life and work of Frida Kahlo, and is highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm Astounded
Yes, I am astounded that nobody has written a review of this brilliant novel capturing the thoughts and last days of Frida's life. My God! The book has stayed with me even days after reading it. I so connected with Frida and her pains: both physical and mental. The author draws you in completely. I would have only wished for some paintings to accompany the prose...she makes several references to how several of Frida's paintings came about and it would have been lovely to reference them as I was reading. A good companion book to her biography, I'm sure. ... Read more

15. Frida Kahlo: The Painter and Her Work
by Helga Prignitz-Poda
Paperback: 264 Pages (2010-03-15)
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"I was considered a Surrealist. That is not right.
I never painted dreams. What I depicted, was my
reality." Our book zooms right into this reality, and
it does so in a new and unusual way: presenting Frida
Kahlo s paintings in a general view and in selected
details, it reveals the wealth of stories and creatures
hidden in her self-portraits; it makes tangible the
life-long physical and spiritual pain endured by the
artist; and it illustrates painterly skills and techniques
reminiscent of old European masters. Making
visible what tends to escape one s notice in her
seemingly familiar paintings, this lavish volume takes
even inveterate Kahlo fans on a mesmerizing discovery
trip to the sensuousness, the beauty, and the
abysses of her world.
This monograph presents Frida Kahlo s life and work
in pictures. Frida Kahlo expert Helga Prignitz-Poda
provides elaborate background information on each
of the paintings. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars would not recommend... poor image quality throughout.
just got this delivered to me and my excitement was quickly erased by the discovery of low-resolution, pixelated photographs and plates throughout the book. this is essentially an image-drivine artist book so the use of such poor-quality reproductions is very disappointing. it's simply not well-made. and the fact that no editor caught this mistake tells me that it was put together unprofessionally. if you expect a catalog-grade art book stay away from this one. the writing in it maybe top-notch but overall this book needs to be re-printed. this is going straight back to the warehouse.

5-0 out of 5 stars Frida
As an potential art historian I found this book wonderful for two reasons. The plates are beautiful and large and the text is fascinating and unearths a different
view of this cultural icon.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book

I really liked this book the only thing I wasn't expecting was the actual size of the book.I think it's to big to carry around but the actual content is great.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Different Kind of Kahlo Book...
The first 70 pages of text in this oversized book are divided into 5 sections:

1. Childhood 1907 - 1925
2. After the Accident
3. Frida and Diego's Marriage
4. Crazy Love 1941 - 1946
5. After 1946

Each section contains a biography, chronology and photos of that period of her life. The remainder of the book contains the plates...42 of her masterpiece paintings reproduced in full color and detail. Sections of the paintings are enlarged to reveal the intricate detail, the brush strokes and even the texture of the canvas. A descriptive analysis of each painting is included to provide an insight into its meaning and her inspiration to create the piece.

I find that some of the painting commentaries in this book are contrary to those I have read in other books. The author of this book sees the paintings from a slightly different perspective.I'm not sure I agree with some of them but everybody sees art in their own way.

This edition is presented in a beautiful stamped-linen, casebound box.
The format, content and size of this book are very similar to the large Kahlo book by Luis-Martín Lozano.The suggested retail price for this book is $125.00.

5-0 out of 5 stars Five starts for a five star artist
As a keen admirer of Frida and somebody who buys almost every publication, art print, postcard or artifact of Frida I can ensure you that this book is worth buying.

Well presented on glossy paper! The real value of the book is that it presents Frida's work in their original size even more valuable and what is truly unique is that parts/sections of her paintings is emphasized by focussing on small details in her paintings which usually goes unnoticed by the untrained eye!

Truly a prozed possession! ... Read more

16. Imaging Her Selves: Frida Kahlo's Poetics of Identity and Fragmentation
by Gannit Ankori
Hardcover: 336 Pages (2002-01-30)
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Though often portrayed in scholarly literature as a "spontaneous" artist, Frida Kahlo worked in a quite deliberate manner, basing her paintings on diverse cultural and philosophical sources. Imaging Her Selves uncovers the unexplored visual and textual foundations of Kahlo's imagery, illustrating--through a detailed study of her diary, letters, library collection, and other material-- the complex multilayered meanings of the many selves she comprised. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars About the paintings, not just her life.
Most of the books discuss the life of Frida Kahlo, and rarely mention the meaning behind the paintings.This is not a biography, so if you want to know about just her life I suggest you look for the bio by hayden herrera.I absolutely loved this book.For once, this discusses her paintings and not those of her husband.Frida's life structured her paintings, and though they are self portraits they also have other symbols, that are hardly mentioned.All the different aspects of Frida as a daughter, an artist, a political activist, a wife, a woman and other parts of her self are discussed making this an fascinating insight to her paintings. ... Read more

17. Frida Kahlo: The Artist in the Blue House (Adventures in Art)
by Magdalena Holzhey
Hardcover: 30 Pages (2003-05)
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This fascinating look into the world of Mexico’s mostfamous female artist introduces children to the themes that infusedKahlo’s vibrant paintings, while demonstrating her brilliant gift forcombining life and art.

Monkeys, trees, deer, family members, friends, flowers, tears andwheelchairs—Frida Kahlo’s use of symbolism and color wonderfullylends itself to teaching children about the artistic process. What wasthe artist thinking? Why is Frida’s head smaller than Diego’s? Was shehappy when she painted this picture, or was she sad? These are some ofthe questions children are encouraged to ponder as they learn abouther life, career and important relationships. An engaging text andgorgeous reproductions call attention to Kahlo’s use of bold color andnatural imagery, as well as her ingenious use of perspective, collage,and varying styles. Children will learn much about creativeself-expression through this beautifully designed and insightfuladventure in art. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Informational, multiple age levels.
Easy to understand information and great pictures. I teach Spec. Ed. so the layout appeals to multiple academic levels. ... Read more

18. Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress: The Fashion of Frida Kahlo
by Carlos Phillips Olmedo, Denise Rosenzweig, Magdalena Rosenzweig, Teresa del Conde, Marta Turok
Hardcover: 192 Pages (2008-06-18)
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Asin: 0811863441
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Frida Kahlo remains one of the most popular artists of our time sales of Frida books number into the hundreds of thousands and yet no volume has ever focused on one of the most memorable aspects of her persona and creative oeuvre: her wardrobe. Now, for the first time, 95 original and beautifully staged photographs of Kahlo's newly restored clothing are paired with historic photos of the artist wearing them and her paintings in which the garments appear. Frida's life and style were an integral part of her art, and she is long overdue for recognition as a fashion icon. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Yet another side of Frida
The very idea that Frida's wardrobe was sealed for 50yrs has got to peak one's interest!The artist earns even more respect as a true Mexidan artist and icon in these pages.She dressed herself in a luxury one generally doesn't associate with the clothing of Mexico.The gossimer silks and laces, the bodices and skirts are so beautifully done, not to mention the fine silk embroidery done on individual pieces she had made.
I agree the books arrangement and layout leaves a lot to be desired.Mine even had four pages repeated twice!But as a look into the 'tomb' of this woman who in life, had been twisted out of shape by both illness and painful injuries and even amputation,reveals a photographic trove of beautiful clothing, and a bathtub filled with 'prothesis', proving to any doubters, Frida was a woman with many facets and a lot of mystery.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sel;f Portrait in a Velvet Dress: The Fashion of Frida Kahlo
This book presents a wonderful description of Frida and her clothes and a little of her jewellery held at the Museum dedicated to this.I am sure that there is so much more to be had from these two subjects as Frida was such a colourful character and always wore unique pieces of jewellery.It is a pity that more of her clothing and jewels has not been donated to the Museum but what is there is beautifully presented, described and photographed.Bravo.A terrific read that makes you thirst for more - more clothes, more jewellery.Thanks.

3-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but flawed
This is a beautiful book - Frida's clothing is rich in colour and texture, and the numerous photographs capture these qualities incredibly well. While I'm glad to include it in my collection of art books, I can only give it 3 stars for the following reasons:

1) It is poorly organized. None of the pictures is numbered, so when the authors reference a particular article of clothing it's difficult to refer back to the photo of that article - you have to flip through the book looking for it. At times it's not even clear if there even is a photo of the item under discussion! There's really no excuse for that - there are existing conventions for referencing pictures and illustrations in written work.

2) The intro is quite meandering, and doesn't really stick to a theme; you'd almost thing the author didn't know what kind of book the introduction was meant for, and so just wrote a bunch of stuff about Frida.

3) There was some excellent introductory level information about the various kinds of ethnic dress in Mexico, but I think a better job could have been done relating all of that back to Frida and her work, as well as the social and political context in which she lived. At times the fact that Frida's specific wardrobe was the genesis of this book seemed besides the point.

Having said all that, this really is a stunningly beautiful book, and it does provide interesting insights into the more personal aspects of Frida's day to day life.Were it not for the issues noted above (particularly the first one), I would have given it 4 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book
Fabulous book about the actual surviving fashions worn by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo....love this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Intimate and informative
I was mesmerized by the movie FRIDA with Selma Hayak - the biographical storyline and the visual imagery were fascinating, and ingnited my desire to know this women better. "Self Portrait" is a lovely compliment to the movie, as is the book "FRIDA" by Hayen Herrera. Both books serve to fill out the details of the fascinating life Frida and Diego led. However, seeing the photographs of the artist's most intimate belongings, even the steel and cotten corsets that held her deteriorating spine together, provide a unique and beautifully conceptualized insight into the creative mind and soul of Frida Kahlo. The photography alone is worth the price of the book. ... Read more

19. Frida Kahlo (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)
by Mike Venezia
Paperback: 32 Pages (1999-09)
list price: US$6.95 -- used & new: US$2.93
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Asin: 0516264664
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Presents a biography of Frida Kahlo ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended book for teaching art to kids
This book -- along with every other one in the "Getting to Know the World's Famous Artists" series -- is a fantastic purchase all around. It puts a creative spin on the teaching of art to children and makes the artists' stories come to life in a "current" and cool way -- using graphics/cartoons, great photos of masterpieces and easy-to-understand language. My son is 8 years old and loves all of the books -- I think they are appropriate for a range of ages (4 or 5 yrs to 10 / 11 / 12 yrs.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book for kids
Absolutely wonderful presentation of an artist for kids ages 6-9. Short enough to keep a child' attention without boring him/her, fun illustrations, simple, but very informative presentation of the historical details at the child's level.

5-0 out of 5 stars Frida Kahlo (getting to know the world's greates artiists)
All the Mike Venezia books are abfab. I read them to all of my classes K-7.The cartoons are great.The story keeps everybody's attention.They are informative and give a clear picture of the artists.Would recomend all of them ... Read more

20. Frida Kahlo: Portraits 0f An Icon
by Margaret Hooks, Florence Arquin, Lucienne Bloch, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Imogen Cunningham, Gisele Freund, Juan Guzm n, Fritz Henze, Antonio Kahlo, Guillermo Kahlo, Bernice Kolko, Leo Matiz, Martin Munkacsi, Nickolas Muray, Emmy Lou Packard, Victor Reyes
Hardcover: 152 Pages (2003-02-02)
list price: US$65.00 -- used & new: US$37.99
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Asin: 8475065643
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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From 1926 until her death in 1954, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo created striking, often shocking, images that reflected her turbulent life. One of four daughters born to a Hungarian-Jewish father and a mother of Spanish and Mexican Indian descent, in the Mexico City suburb of Coyoacán, Kahlo did not originally plan to become an artist. During her convalescence from a bus accident in her late teens, Kahlo began to paint with oils. Her pictures, mostly self-portraits and still-lifes, were deliberately naive, filled with the bright colors and flattened forms of the Mexican folk art she loved. At 21, Kahlo fell in love with the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera; their stormy, passionate relationship survived infidelities, the pressures of Rivera's career, a divorce and remarriage, and Kahlo's poor health. The couple traveled to the United States and France, where Kahlo met luminaries from the worlds of art and politics. She had her first solo exhibition at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York City in 1938 and enjoyed considerable success during the 40s, but her reputation soared posthumously, beginning in the 80s with the publication of numerous books about her work by feminist art historians and others. In the last two decades an explosion of Kahlo-inspired films, plays, calendars, and jewelry has transformed the artist into a veritable cult figure.
Portraits of an Icon is not another book featuring Kahlo's beloved, tortured self-portraits. Rather, it offers another kind of portrait of the artist, a means of seeing her through the eyes of those who surrounded her: modern masters of the camera such as Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, and Martin Munkacsi; leading photojournalists such as Giselle Freund, Bernard Silberstein, and Fritz Henle; and Kahlo's relatives, lovers, and friends, among them Guillermo Kahlo, Nicolas Muray, and Lola Alvarez Bravo. The images span Kahlo's life, beginning with a photograph of a self-possessed chubby four-year-old, her fists full of wilting roses, and ending with the image of an emaciated, wasted figure laying on her deathbed, dressed in pre-Columbian finery. They follow the artist's trajectory from precocious child to famous artist, bringing into focus the painter, the paintings, the patient, the wife, the daughter, the lover, the friend. They permit a look into her bedroom, a seat at her table, a visit to her hospital room, a stroll through her garden, a view into her collections, and some play with her pets. While many of these images provide us with a unique opportunity to glimpse the woman behind the facade, others, though less revealing, are equally fascinating in allowing us to view one of the most intriguing of the artist's creations--the construction of a self-image as carefully crafted and conceived as any of her works of art.Frida through the lens of: Lola Alvarez Bravo, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Imogen Cunningham, Giselle Freund, Fritz Henle, Guillermo Kahlo, Martin Munkacsi, Nicolas Muray, Bernard Silberstein, and Edward Weston

Essay by Margaret Hooks.

Hardcover, 9.75 x 13 in., 152 pages, 59 Tritones illustrations ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I love Frida!
This is a must have for Kahlo fans out there. She's talented. She's beautiful. She's fierce. ... Read more

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