Frida Kahlo: Brush of Anguish

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Mexican author Martha Zamora captures the essence of one of Mexico's most prolific and talented painters in a single comprehensive volume. Seventy-five of Frida Kahlo's paintings, reproduced here in lavish color, accompany numerous historical photographs and the author's descriptive text, chronicling the significant episodes in Kahlo's life, from childhood to her untimely death: the consequences and aftermath of a tragic bus accident in her adolescence; her tempestuous marriage to the great Mexican muralist Diego...

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Overview

Mexican author Martha Zamora captures the essence of one of Mexico's most prolific and talented painters in a single comprehensive volume. Seventy-five of Frida Kahlo's paintings, reproduced here in lavish color, accompany numerous historical photographs and the author's descriptive text, chronicling the significant episodes in Kahlo's life, from childhood to her untimely death: the consequences and aftermath of a tragic bus accident in her adolescence; her tempestuous marriage to the great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera; her travels to the United States and abroad; her political convictions and her relationships with the great leaders and artistic personalities of her time. Kahlo's flamboyant and highly individual personal style, so eloquently reflected in her many self-portraits, has gained her an enthusiastic following worldwide. For Kahlo's many admirers, as well as for those new to her work this authoritative and richly illustrated volume will be both an excellent reference and a compelling look at her passionate and often disturbing art.

Mexican author Martha Zamoira captures the essence of one of Mexico's most prolific and talented painters in a single comprehensive volume. This authoritative and richly illustrated volume will be both an excellent reference and a compelling look at her passionate and often disturbing art. Full-color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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The complexities of Kahlo's painful, joyful, notorious, and gay life are well presented in the text...these plates represent the best collection now available of Kahlo's work. Library Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The work of Kahlo (1907-1954), a Mexican painter of painful, irresistible power, comes to life in the brooding self-portraits, potent parables of nature, and politically charged mythologies reproduced here in the first English-language book to provide an inclusive sampling of her art. Freelance writer Zamora's biographical essay reveals Kahlo's dark and difficult lot. Stricken with polio as a child, at 18 the painter was hurt in a streetcar accident that led to many operations, intense physical suffering and, eventually, the partial amputation of a leg. Kahlo pursued, and later married, muralist Diego Rivera, who often betrayed her sexually, once with her sister. Briefly divorced in 1939, they remarried with the agreement that each could have affairs; Kahlo allied herself romantically with many women and men, among them Leon Trotsky. But the drama of her personal history retreats before the startling force of the 75 pictures reproduced here, art tormented yet contained by a sense of inner wisdom. (Oct.)
Booknews
Nearly 40 years after her death, Kahlo is no longer a cult hero but rather one of the most recognized and recognizable artists of her time. The themes of her life--poor health, pain, lameness, abortions, loneliness, depression--are also the themes of her art. These 75 masterfully reproduced paintings, ten equally remarkable duotone photographs, and descriptive text by Zamora, tell the story of Kahlo's intense and tragic life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811804851
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 878,434
  • Product dimensions: 9.12 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha Zamora writes and lectures extensively on the life of Frida Kahlo, and wrote the best-selling Frida Kahlo: The Brush of Anguish. She lives in Mexico City.

Marilyn Sode Smith is an authority on the San Francisco murals of Diego Rivera and is currently writing a guidebook about them. Now a resident of Palo Alto, she lived for many years in Mexico, South America, and Europe.

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