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The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate…

The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait (original 1995; edition 2006)

by Sarah M. Lowe, Carlos Fuentes (Introduction)

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Title:The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait
Authors:Sarah M. Lowe
Other authors:Carlos Fuentes (Introduction)
Info:Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (2006), Hardcover, 296 pages
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The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait by Frida Kahlo (1995)

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Haunting and brilliant - much like the artist herself. I feel as though I've seen almost too much. An intimate portrait indeed. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
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. ( )
  CozyLover | Feb 25, 2010 |
During the last ten years of her life Kahlo kept a journal, The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait, a vivid scrawling volume of sketches, poetry, letters and appeals that I have read and stared at over and over again. It is a diary like none other in the world of letters. Not the quiet, considered reflections of an artist or philosopher sitting at their desk at the close of the day. Not the safe haven where she might indulge her wit and write down all the things she thought, but did not say, to the company she kept. No, this is a document that seems to have been written in fits and starts, as though she put brush and pen to paper because she simply couldn’t help herself. Turning the facsimiled pages—reproduced in full color, every marred sketch and crossed out word intact—I felt like I wasn’t seeing writing at all, but a process of spontaneous combustion. (“The art of Frida Kahlo,” said Andre Breton, “is a ribbon around a bomb.”). . read full review
  southernbooklady | May 29, 2007 |
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. ( )
  themagiciansgirl | Sep 9, 2006 |
What it's like to feel and see. ( )
  deliriumslibrarian | Apr 16, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0810959542, Hardcover)

Frida Kahlo, one of the most dynamic figures of 20th-century art, has very nearly become a saint, so legendary is her tumultuous and tragic life. While there is no dearth of books about Kahlo and her work, none are as poignantly revealing as this diary, which includes her own words and pictures. We find the genesis of some of her most famous paintings, her love letters, and sketches of people she knew such as her husband, the Mexican mural painter Diego Rivera, and numerous studies for self-portraits. The most fascinating part of the book is the facsimile diary, in its exact size, reproduced here for the first time, with color illustrations. It is accompanied by an English translation with explanatory commentaries.

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"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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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