Frida Kahlo

A Biography

by Claudia Schaefer


Frida Kahlo, a beloved Mexican painter, overcame great illness and injury to create over 100 vibrant works depicting her life, her pain, and the symbols of her culture.

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November 2008


Pages 144
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Popular Culture/Music and Performing Arts

Frida Kahlo was born in 1907 to parents of German and Spanish descent, in Coyoacan, outside Mexico City. After contracting polio at age six, Frida also suffered severe injuries in a bus accident. Her time spent in recovery turned her toward a painting career. These experiences, combined with a difficult marriage to the artist Diego Rivera, generated vibrant works depicting Frida's experiences with pain as well as the symbolism and spirit of Mexican culture. Though she died in 1954, interest in her work continues to grow, with museum exhibitions and publications around the world. This biography will introduce art students and adult readers to one of the Latino culture's most beloved artists.

In 2002, the film Frida introduced the artist and her works to a new audience. In 2007, the 100th anniversary of Kahlo's birth, a major exhibition of her work was held at the Museum of the Fine Arts Palace in Mexico. In 2007 through 2008, another major exhibition began its journey to museums throughout the United States.

Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter 1: The Myth Takes WingChapter 2: My Two AccidentsChapter 3: A World of Dreams and NightmaresChapter 4: Cant live with him, cant live without him: Remarriage, Frida StyleChapter 5: The Company of Women and the Diarys Last EntryChapter 6: The Legacies of FridaTimelineReferences

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