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Not only a biography, explores her art too
on 27 May 2012
This is a brilliant slim, easily portable book about Frida (not a coffee table tome!), which contains beautiful, high-quality glossy full-colour pictures on every page; not just her paintings but photos from her life and her amazing sketches too.
The written part, I found, contains enough detail and depth that as someone relatively new to Frida I learnt a LOT about her, without being a full-on academic text on her life. It covers her entire life and is great overall picture - it will probably inspire you to read a more detailed biography or her diaries.
Even if you're familiar with her biography, what is amazing and different about this book is that it discusses her art in great detail too - which when talking about an artist's life is very important! You see her artistic development and it explains the symbolism in her pictures and how they relate to her life.
For example, there's a full-page spread of 'What I Saw in the Water / What the Water Gave Me' (the picture of her feet in the bath, with all the surreal objects, people and skyscrapers floating in there too), which is annotated with pictures and notes showing what each part of the image came from - there are references in there to her other pictres, even a bird from a Hieronymus Bosch painting, and to see it visually represented like that is so interesting and you learn so much.
So, if you want not only a bigraphy but an exploration of her art too, this book is absolutely perfect.