Frida Kahlo: The Paintings

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In small, stunningly rendered self–portraits, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo painted herself cracked open, hemorrhaging during a miscarriage, anesthetized on a hospital gurney, and weeping beside her own extracted heart.

Her works are so incendiary in emotion and subject matter that one art critic suggested the walls of an exhibition be covered with asbestos.

In this beautiful book, art historian Hayden Herrera brings together numerous paintings ...

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Overview

In small, stunningly rendered self–portraits, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo painted herself cracked open, hemorrhaging during a miscarriage, anesthetized on a hospital gurney, and weeping beside her own extracted heart.

Her works are so incendiary in emotion and subject matter that one art critic suggested the walls of an exhibition be covered with asbestos.

In this beautiful book, art historian Hayden Herrera brings together numerous paintings and sketches by the amazing Mexican artist, documenting each with explanatory text that probes the influences in Kahlo‘s life and their meaning for her work. Included among the illustrations are more than eighty full–color paintings, as well as dozens of black–and–white pictures and line illustrations. Among the famous and little–known works included in Frida Kahlo: The Paintings are The Two Fridas, Self–Portrait as a Tehuana, Without Hope, The Dream, The Little Deer, Diego and I, Henry Ford Hospital, My Birth, and My Nurse and I. Here, too, are documentary photographs of Frida Kahlo and her world that help to illuminate the various stages of her life.

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In recent years, Frida Kahlo, previously an obscure Mexican painter best known for being Diego Rivera's wife, has been championed as a feminist icon. In order to better understand the work behind Kahlo's amazing story, the author of the bestselling biography Frida now presents a beautifully produced book of Kahlo's most important paintings. Of general interest to the uninitiated, it's also a good companion to the existing literature on Kahlo. With more than 286 photographs, 87 of which are in color.
Wall Street Journal
"Engaging and well illustrated."
Wall Street Journal
Engaging and well illustrated.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060923198
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 267,987
  • Product dimensions: 9.87 (w) x 9.87 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Hayden Herrera is an art historian. She has lectured widely, curated several exhibitions of art, taught Latin American art at New York University, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the author of numerous articles and reviews for such publications as Art in America, Art Forum, Connoisseur, and the New York Times, among others. Her books include Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo; Mary Frank; and Matisse: A Portrait. She is working on a critical biography of Arshile Gorky. She lives in New York City.

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