School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-9Cruz and Gonzales look at the lives of two controversial artists. Kahlo is portrayed as a woman who was passionately committed to her work, but whose life tended to revolve not around herself, but around her husband, Diego Rivera. In Gonzales's title, Rivera is depicted as an egotistical, self-absorbed man who let his art interfere with his relationships with his wives, lovers, and children. However, both texts concentrate on the artists' work, and how it developed out of their political beliefs and ideals and pride in their Mexican heritage. Both of these biographies are well written, and neither glosses over the more racy aspects of this couple's life, such as Rivera's affair with Kahlo's sister. Average-quality black-and-white photographs and reproductions illustrate the texts.Melissa Hudak, North Suburban District Library, Roscoe, IL
Kirkus ReviewsThis "Portrait of a Mexican Painter" in the Hispanic Biographies series looks at the surrealist painter who has, in recent years, been elevated to near-icon status. Cruz unfortunately abandons the natural narrative line afforded by the events of Kahlo's life in favor of a repetitive series of essays that read more like college themes than coherent biography. Only in the final year-by-year chronology do the threads of the artist's life and the timing of her finished paintings coalesce. A well-researched and accurate work, it lacks passion, remaining mere reportage and never imparting a real sense of the woman. It's also hampered by poor design, offering a few black-and-white photographs and reproductions and nothing in full-coloran odd omission in the biography of a painter. Avoid this pedestrian curriculum-driven fare and reach for Malka Drucker's Frida Kahlo (1991).
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