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The Diary of Frida Kahlo : An Intimate Self-Portrait - Carlos Fuentes

The Diary of Frida Kahlo

An Intimate Self-Portrait

By: Carlos Fuentes (Introduction by), Frida Kahlo (Artist)

Hardcover Published: 14th January 2006
ISBN: 9780810959545
Number Of Pages: 296
For Ages: 13+ years old

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Published here in its entirety, Frida Kahlo's amazing illustrated journal documents the last ten years of her turbulent life. This passionate, often surprising, intimate record, kept under lock and key for some forty years in Mexico, reveals many new dimensions in the complex persona of this remarkable Mexican artist.

Covering the years 1944-45, the 170-page journal contains Frida's thoughts, poems, and dreams, and reflects her stormy relationship with her husband, Diego Rivera, Mexico's famous artist. The seventy watercolor illustrations in the journal - some lively sketches, several elegant self-portraits, others complete paintings - offer insights into her creative process, and show her frequently using the journal to work out pictorial ideas for her canvases.

The text entries, written in Frida's round, full script in brightly colored inks, add an almost decorative quality, making the journal as captivating to look at as it is to read. Frida's childhood, her political sensibilities, and her obsession with Diego are all illuminated in witty phrases and haunting images.

Although much has been written recently about this extraordinary woman, Frida Kahlo's art and life continue to fascinate the world. This personal document, published in a complete full-color facsimile edition, will add greatly to the understanding of her unique and powerful vision and her enormous courage in the face of more than thirty-five operations to correct injuries she had sustained in an accident at the age of eighteen.

The facsimile is accompanied by an introduction by the world-renowned Mexican man of letters Carlos Fuentes and a complete translation of the diary's text. An essay on the place of the diary in Frida's work and in art history at large, as well as commentaries on the images, is provided by Sarah M. Lowe.

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"The reproduction of Frida Kahlo's diary ... is a very special publishing event .... This replica is a beautiful fabrication, authentic in its details and faithful to the original....Her diary is a gorgeous phoenix: it adds to the luster of her posthumous life as an artist."

ISBN: 9780810959545
ISBN-10: 0810959542
Audience: General
For Ages: 13+ years old
For Grades: 8+
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 14th January 2006
Publisher: Abrams
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.3  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 1.0
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised