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CriticasThere's Frida Kahlo mania in the air this year with the Miramax movie release spearheaded by actress Salma Hayek as the tempestuous Mexican artist. Just in time for the excitement is the re-release of Hayden Herrera's lauded biography that was the basis for the screenplay. The beloved painter with the ferocious unibrow is most known for her tumultuous life with Diego Rivera and her graphic paintings that reflect her childhood and physical traumas. Kahlo (b. 1907) has become an international icon, celebrated by both men and women for her brazen feminist behavior, ultra-progressive politics, and Mexican pride. Originally published in 1983, Herrera dissects every nuance of Kahlo's life through extensive research, with a detailed bibliography, index, and notes section to prove it. Herrera does a first-rate job of putting Kahlo in historical context, offering insider speculations about her childhood, her romance with Rivera, the psychology behind her art, and her struggle with the illness that took her life at the age of 47. Other biographies recommended for a well-rounded collection on the artist are Jean Marie Gustave Le Clezio's Diego y Frida, (Planeta, 2000), Barbara Mujica's Mi Hermana Frida (My Sister Frida, Plaza & Janes, 2002) and Raquel Tibol's Escrituras: Frida Kahlo (Writings, Conaculta, 2001).
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