Frida Kahlo: Passion and Pain Paperback – 26 May 2000
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About the Author
The author: Andrea Kettenmann (born in 1959) studied art history in Gieen, Gottingen and Heidelberg before joining the art history department of the University of Hamburg. In 1986 she visited Mexico on a fellowship, and now lives there, working as a freelance art historian. She has now worked on a number of exhibitions and catalogues, including the catalogue for the retrospective on Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo's husband, in Detroit.
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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.
In this slim volume you'll find plenty of information about Kahlo's life, the physical pain that tortured her and inspired her work, her relationship with husband Diego Rivera and both their affairs with plenty of other people, her political activism and her friendships with many fascinating people. These details are not just fluff and filling because Kettermann uses them to explain the paintings which they inspired. I can think of few artists whose work is so intrinsically linked to their own life, their beliefs and their suffering.
Taschen art books almost always contain excellent reproductions of the artist's work and this volume is no exception. In total the book offers colour pictures of more than 70 of her works which probably add up to around half of the total body of her work. There are also many photographs and sketches and some examples of Diego's murals. The author clearly explains the different phases of Frida's artistic life and the evolution of her work from rather naive and simplistic portraits in her early days, through the shocking blood-spattered work of her painful years of miscarriages and medically enforced abortions, through her surreal almost Dali-esque phase and back to the rather more heavy handed, simplistic pictures of her final painful years.Read more ›
Well worth reading.
This book, "Frida Kahlo 1907-1954: Pain and Passion" by Andrea Kettenmann, Is a great and informative introduction to Kahlo, her art and the person behind the art. Not to sound shallow but the color reproductions and the photos are worth the purchase price on their own. However knowing what they are trying to portray always ads that extra meaning.
No matter what book or movie you buy this is an added must to your library and a different look at the life and times of Freda.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good delivery timing, the book is very good, small but comprehensive, a lovely small art book to get to know this artistPublished 14 months ago by Adele
Absolutely love this book. Great content and perfect size for the bedside table.Published 15 months ago by Emelia
A brief guide and thankfully down-to-earth critique of the wonderful paintings of Frida Kahlo, The paper quality and production are excellent and even the modest dimensions of the... Read morePublished on 4 July 2014 by Richard Newbold