Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Engaging and well illustrated." Wall Street Journal
"Perhaps the most direct analysis of Frida Kahlo's life and art within one volume to date." Library Journal
Art historian Hayden Herrera is one of the world's preeminent experts on Frida Kahlo. In this beautiful book, he pulls together more than 80 full-color images of Kahlo's paintings and more than 200 black-and-white photos and line illustrations covering every period of Kahlo's dramatic life. This book is an indispensable companion to Herrera's definitive biography, Frida, and the new film starring Selma Hayek. documenting each with explanatory text that probes the influences in Kahlo's life and their meaning in her work. Included among the illustrations are 87 full color images of Kahlo's paintings as well as 203 black and white photos and line illustrations covering every period of Kahlo's dramatic life including her two marriages to Diego Rivera, her family, and friends. This book will be an indispensable companion to the new movie starring Selma Hayek and directed by Julie Taymor.
A lavishly illustrated and sumptuously produced collection of Kahlo's hauntingly beautiful paintings--by a leading expert on the artist and author of the bestselling biography Frida. 286 photographs, 87 in color.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -236) and index.
About 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.