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A biography of the Mexican painter chronicles her tumultuous private life, her public passion for art, her struggle for recognition, and her marriage to Diego Rivera.


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A biography of the Mexican painter chronicles her tumultuous private life, her public passion for art, her struggle for recognition, and her marriage to Diego Rivera.

30 review for Frida Kahlo: A Spiritual Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Hill

    This was a very enjoyable read. Although relatively concise this book was by no means lacking in depth or interest. There is quite a bit of detail on Mexico during Frida's lifetime. You also get a good impression of what Frida and Diego were actually like as people. My only minor criticisms are that some of the author's judgements are possibly a little idiosyncratic and made without sufficient evidence to support them, and the reproduction of the pictures is not particularly good since they are This was a very enjoyable read. Although relatively concise this book was by no means lacking in depth or interest. There is quite a bit of detail on Mexico during Frida's lifetime. You also get a good impression of what Frida and Diego were actually like as people. My only minor criticisms are that some of the author's judgements are possibly a little idiosyncratic and made without sufficient evidence to support them, and the reproduction of the pictures is not particularly good since they are only black and white and colour would have been far preferable. I would definitely recommend it overall.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Yo gurl Alaa

    I first came to know about Frida Khalo, through my studies in University. I had to write an essay about Surrealism, and she was one of the artists that popped up during my research. When I read about Khalo online, I have become interested in her artworks and in her, the artist. To know more about Frida Khalo, I decided to read this biography about her life, art and country. The biography also tries to show a spiritual side to Frida Khalo and her artworks, although she was an atheist. The writing I first came to know about Frida Khalo, through my studies in University. I had to write an essay about Surrealism, and she was one of the artists that popped up during my research. When I read about Khalo online, I have become interested in her artworks and in her, the artist. To know more about Frida Khalo, I decided to read this biography about her life, art and country. The biography also tries to show a spiritual side to Frida Khalo and her artworks, although she was an atheist. The writing in this biography is fun to read through, and I simply found myself flying through it. I am always worried I might not end up finishing a nonfiction book, because of the writing style, however, in this one, all my worries were gone. The writer manages to hold my interest and make me enjoy reading the book. Although it is a biography about Frida Khalo, it also covers the political situation of Mexico (and the world), and relates it to Khalo's beliefs and life. I personally see this as a smart decision to make, as it aided me in visualising the time era Frida Khalo lived through and to understand why she stood for certain thing, parties or people. Moreover, I enjoy reading/knowing about history and politics and reading about that time era, but from Mexico is nouvelle to me (and now I am interested in reading more historical books about Mexico). I love the addition of photography in the book, and how every photograph is explained in the book. The biography doesn't only include photographs of Khalo's paintings, but it include photos of Frida Khalo through out her life. The one let down of this book, is it has left me wanting more. There is so much about Frida's life that is not covered in the book. The biography seems to have sacrificed content on Frida's life just to discuss about the politics of Mexico in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Nevertheless, this is a quick and enjoyable read, and I would recommend you to read it even if you know nothing about Frida Khalo.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melica Niccole

    The biography about well-known Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, was very interesting. It took the previous stories that we learned about Frida as adolescents in school and transformed it into wells of information about her misfortunates and triumphs. It was interesting that in life she was a struggling artist, but in death, one of her self-portraits sold for $1.43 million dollars. This being the first time that a painting by an artist from that region had reached the million-dollar sales mark, as qu The biography about well-known Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, was very interesting. It took the previous stories that we learned about Frida as adolescents in school and transformed it into wells of information about her misfortunates and triumphs. It was interesting that in life she was a struggling artist, but in death, one of her self-portraits sold for $1.43 million dollars. This being the first time that a painting by an artist from that region had reached the million-dollar sales mark, as quoted by Jack Rummel, author of the book. The fact of her being a bigger artist in death in comparison to life immediately linked her with Edgar Allan Poe and Zora Neale Hurston. Both individuals were writers who reached ultimate fame after their death. Sounds similar to tragic abundance, but definitely something that happens to artist, writers, and others who pursue fame or fortune. Something else very interesting about this book was the relationship between Frida and Diego. It seemed to be of a mother-child sort where she would run him baths, get him his favorite toys, and just take care of him. This seemed to work for both of them; Frida needed to take care of someone and Diego needed to be taken care of. Frida definitely had the ability to invoke courage and self-esteem among women, but her action of doing this often feel short due to her living in the role in which her significant other wanted her to live.

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