The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo:A Novel F. G. Haghenbeck
In 1950, photographer Gisèle Freund embarked on a two-week trip to Mexico, but she wouldn´t leave until two years later. There she met the legendary couple Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Welcomed into their home, she immersed herself in their private lives and the cultural and artistic diversity of the country, taking hundreds of photographs. These powerful photographs, among the last taken before Kahlo´s death, bear poignant witness to Frida´s beauty and talent.Showcasing more than 100 of these rare images, many of which have never been published before, the book also includes previously unpublished commentary by Gisèle Freund about Frida Kahlo, texts by Kahlo´s biographer Gérard de Cortanze and art historian Lorraine Audric, as well as a link to a previously unreleased colour film, shot by Freund, showing Diego Rivera at work.
Going to the Frida Kahlo exhibition current at Tate Modern in London is like entering the shrine of a secular saint. The rooms are thronged. People peer closely at the paintings, many of them very small. They seem afraid to talk much above a whisper. There are a number of reasons for this reaction. One is Hayden Herrera’s highly readable biography of the artist, first published in 1983, and now established as a classic feminist text. Another is the feminist movement’s general need for heroines, which has had a similar effect on the posthumous reputation of Georgia O’Keeffe. A third, probably the most powerful, reason is Kahlo’s own personality, which combined self-assertion, defiance and masochism in almost equal proportions. In this respect Kahlo can be compared with a slightly later generation of English-language poets, male and female. Prominent among them are Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Willis Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103830/bk_acx0_103830_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
You are Always With Me:Letters to Mama Virago Press Frida Kahlo
Una preciosa biografía de la pintora mexicana Frida Kahlo ilustrada con las evocadoras imágenes de María Hesse. ´´Pies, para qué los quiero si tengo alas para volar´´. Frida fue algo más que dolor y angustia. Quiso ser fiel a su arrolladora personalidad y se convirtió en una artista llena de vida. Su pintura es fiesta, color, sangre y vida. Fue una luchadora que decidió ponerse el mundo por montera y una mujer apasionada que no se conformó con estar a la sombra de su gran amor, el pintor Diego Rivera. Frida decidió vivir con intensidad, tanto las desgracias como las alegrías que le deparó la existencia. Inspirado en las vivencias de la icónica pintora mexicana, este libro ofrece un hermoso paseo ilustrado por su vida y su obra. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION A beautiful biography of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, illustrated with evocative images by María Hesse. ´´Feet, why do I want you if I have wings to fly?´´ Frida was more than pain and anguish. She tried to be true to her big personality and she became an artist who was full of life. Her paintings are party, color, blood, and life. She was a fighter who decided to take the world by storm and a passionate woman who wasn´t content with being in the shadow of her great friend, painter Diego Rivera. Frida decided to live with intensity, both in the misfortunes and in the joys that life brought her. Inspired by the experiences of the iconic Mexican painter, this book offers a beautifully illustrated tour through her life and work.
When Frida Kahlo died, her husband Diego Rivera asked the poet Carlos Pellicer to turn the Blue House into a museum that the people of Mexico could visit to admire the work of the artist. Pellicer selected those of Frida´s paintings which were in the house, along with drawings, photographs, books, and ceramics, maintaining the spaces just as Frida and Diego had arranged them to live and work in. The rest of the objects, clothing, documents, drawings, and letters, as well as over 6,000 photographs collected by Frida in the course of her life, were put away in bathrooms converted into storerooms. This remarkable collection remained hidden for more than half a century. A few years ago the storerooms, wardrobes, and trunks that safeguarded it were opened. The collection of photographs is a treasure that reveals the tastes and interests of the famous couple, not only through the images themselves but also through the annotations made on them. The collection allows us to speculate about Frida´s and Diego´s likes and dislikes, and makes it possible to document their family origins. Photography had always been a part of Frida´s life. Her father Guillermo Kahlo was one of the great photographers of Mexico at the beginning of the twentieth century, whose images of colonial architecture and numerous selfportraits have been preserved. Frida´s collection constitutes a roll call of great photographers: Man Ray, Brassaï, Martin Munkacsi, Pierre Verger, George Hurrell, Tina Modotti, Edward Weston, Manuel and Lola Álvarez Bravo, Gisèle Freund, and many others, including Frida Kahlo herself. It is likely that many of the photographs in the collection were taken by her, though we can only be sure of the few that she decided to sign in 1929