Born today June 6th in 1907
Frida Kahlo was a was a Mexican self-portrait artist who was considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists.
She began painting mostly self-portraits after she was severely injured in a bus accident.
Kahlo later became politically active and married artist Diego Rivera in 1929. She exhibited her paintings in Paris and Mexico before her death in 1954.
She is still admired for her
fiercely evocative art, feminist qualities, and iconic fashion.
The intimate life Frida is beautifully revealed in the illustrated journal she kept during her last 10 years. This passionate and at times surprising record contains the artist’s thoughts, poems, and dreams; many reflecting her stormy relationship with her husband, artist Diego Rivera, along with 70 mesmerising watercolour illustrations. The text entries in brightly coloured inks make the journal as captivating to look at as it is to read.
This intricate book allows the reader to enter this revered artist’s world, both literally and metaphorically. Through a series of consecutive die-cut pages, one is drawn in passing through aspects of her life, art and creative process while exploring the themes that inspired her most, such as love, death and maternity. Iconic and visceral, her work has always had the ability to transcend borders and resonate with its honest and graphic depiction of the human condition.
Pain and passion: The original and intimate art of Mexico’s most famous female painter