The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait
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The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait


Published here in its entirety, Frida Kahlo's amazing illustrated journal documents the last ten years of her turbulent life. This passionate, often surprising, intimate record, kept under lock and key for some forty years in Mexico, reveals many new dimensions in the complex persona of this remarkable Mexican artist.

Covering the years 1944-45, the 170-page journal contains Frida's thoughts, poems, and dreams, and reflects her stormy relationship with her husband, Diego Rivera, Mexico's famous artist. The seventy watercolor illustrations in the journal - some lively sketches, several elegant self-portraits, others complete paintings - offer insights into her creative process, and show her frequently using the journal to work out pictorial ideas for her canvases.

The text entries, written in Frida's round, full script in brightly colored inks, add an almost decorative quality, making the journal as captivating to look at as it is to read. Frida's childhood, her political sensibilities, and her obsession with Diego are all illuminated in witty phrases and haunting images.

Although much has been written recently about this extraordinary woman, Frida Kahlo's art and life continue to fascinate the world. This personal document, published in a complete full-color facsimile edition, will add greatly to the understanding of her unique and powerful vision 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. The facsimile is accompanied by an introduction by the world-renowned Mexican man of letters Carlos Fuentes and a complete translation of the diary's text. An essay on the place of the diary in Frida's work and in art history at large, as well as commentaries on the images, is provided by Sarah M. Lowe.

Title:The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:296 pages

    The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait Reviews

  • Jaime
    Feb 18, 2008

    i took my time with frida's diary:one. because the emotion she reached inside of mefelt raw and sometimes heavybuttwo. because i didn't want to come to its finish.i'm slightly obsessed (proudly) with ...

  • Suvi
    Sep 29, 2011

    If you're about to read this expecting a traditional 'what I did today' -diary, you're in for a big surprise. Then again, if you already know Frida Kahlo you wouldn't really expect that, would you? Or...

  • Sara
    Sep 20, 2013

    Who would say that stainslive and help one to live?Ink, blood, odor. Oh, Frida, Frida, Frida. What else is there to say? This is beautiful.There is nothing more precious than laughterand scorn - It i...

  • Kate
    Nov 17, 2011

    I really didn't enjoy this book. I thought it was going to be a basic translated version of Frida Kahlo's diary with a brief introduction of some kind about her and her life, It isn't. This book begin...

  • Nicole
    May 03, 2012

    This is a facsimile of Frida Kahlo's diary, so of course it is awesome. 4 instead of 5 stars for bad layout decisions. I can kind of understand why, for example, all of the translation is at the end o...

  • Lori
    Jun 21, 2009

    in prep for my trip to Casa Azul....and because Frida is...Frida. ...

  • Fabienne
    Jan 08, 2015

    "ALAS ROTAS" (p.156)...

  • Uriel Soto
    Jul 05, 2013

    "PAREJA EXTRAÑA DEL PAÍS DEL PUNTO Y LA RAYA"Halagos sobran para este magnifico libro, es toda una obra de arte hecha por la increíble Frida.Empezando por la bellísima edición: esa imagen en la s...

  • Alana Klinka
    Aug 09, 2011

    Frida Kahlo's diary is worth the read. It contains sketches that thematically connect to her paintings that are far more well know, however the texture and raw quality is quite different. You see her ...

  • Rebecca
    Mar 04, 2007

    This book is amazing. The haunting images alone are worth it (It's Kahlo, for god's sake!) and there's an English language translation of the text included....

About Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter, who has achieved great international popularity. She painted using vibrant colors in a style that was influenced by indigenous cultures of Mexico as well as by European influences that include Realism, Symbolism, and Surrealism. Many of her works are self-portraits that symbolically express her own pain and sexuality.In 1929 Kahlo married the Mexican muralist Die