Frida Kahlo

9 Jul, 2015 750 Painting

Born near Mexico City in 1907, Frida Kahlo is considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists. She took up painting after a bus accident left her severely injured, was a Communist, married Diego Rivera, a celebrated muralist, became friends with Trotsky and developed an iconic series of self-portraits. Her work brings together elements such as surrealism, pop culture, Aztec and Indian mythology and commentary on Mexican culture. In 1938, artist and poet Andre Breton organised an exhibition of her work in New York, writing in the catalogue, “The Art of Frida Kahlo is a ribbon around a bomb.” She was not as widely appreciated during her lifetime as she has since become, but is now one of the most recognised artists of the 20th century.

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  • Patience Schell 2 episodes
    Chair in Hispanic Studies at the University of Aberdeen
  • Valerie Fraser No other episodes
    Emeritus Professor of Latin American Art at the University of Essex
  • Alan Knight 4 episodes
    Emeritus Professor of the History of Latin America at the University of Oxford

Reading list

  • Frida Kahlo
    Gannit Ankori (Reaktion Books, 2013) Google Books →
  • Frida Kahlo: 'I Paint My Reality'
    Christina Burrus (Thames and Hudson, 2008) Google Books →
  • Frida Kahlo
    Emma Dexter and Tanya Barson (eds.) (Tate Publishing, 2005) Google Books →
  • Frida Kahlo: Song of Herself
    Salomon Grimberg (Merrell Publishers, 2008) Google Books →
  • Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo
    Hayden Herrera (Harper Perennial, 2002) Google Books →
  • Frida Kahlo: The Paintings
    Hayden Herrera (Bloomsbury Publishing, 1993) Google Books →
  • The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait
    Frida Kahlo, Sarah M. Lowe and Carlos Fuentes (Abrams Books, 2006) Google Books →
  • Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti Exhibition Catalogue
    Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti (Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1982) Google Books →
  • Frida Kahlo
    Andrea Kettenmann (Taschen GmbH, 2000) Google Books →
  • Dreaming with his Eyes Open: A Life of Diego Rivera
    Patrick Marnham (Bloomsbury Publishing, 1998) Google Books →
  • Frida Kahlo: Brush of Anguish
    Martha Zamora (Chronicle Books, 1990) Google Books →

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