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Kahlo

Hardcover, 8.3 x 10.2 in., 1.23 lb, 96 pages
US$ 16
Availability: May 2021
Feminist icon, symbol of Mexican culture, political activist, groundbreaking artist: discover the many facets of Frida Kahlo, who transformed the afflictions of her life into unremittingly powerful paintings. In this introduction, Kahlo's body of bold, arresting works are presented alongside her turbulent life to shed light on the audacious face glaring defiantly from her self-portraits.

Pain and Passion

The original and intimate art of Mexico’s most famous female painter

The arresting pictures of Frida Kahlo (1907–54) were in many ways expressions of trauma. Through a near-fatal road accident at the age of 18, failing health, a turbulent marriage, miscarriage and childlessness, she transformed the afflictions into revolutionary art.

In literal or metaphorical self-portraiture, Kahlo looks out at the viewer with an audacious glare, rejecting her destiny as a passive victim and rather intertwining expressions of her experience into a hybrid real-surreal language of living: hair, roots, veins, vines, tendrils and fallopian tubes. Many of her works also explore the Communist political ideals which Kahlo shared with her husband Diego Rivera. The artist described her paintings as “the most sincere and real thing that I could do in order to express what I felt inside and outside of myself.”

This book introduces the rich body of Kahlo’s work to explore her unremitting determination as an artist, and her significance as a painter, feminist icon, and a pioneer of Latin American culture.
The author

Andrea Kettenmann (born 1956) studied art history in Göttingen and Hamburg before joining the art history department of the University of Hamburg. She is the co-author of the catalogue raisonné Frida Kahlo. Das Gesamtwerk, published in 1988, and has contributed to numerous exhibitions and catalogues. Her monographs on Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera have been published by TASCHEN, and she now works as a freelance art historian in Mexico City, where she has lived for many years.

Kahlo
Hardcover, 8.3 x 10.2 in., 1.23 lb, 96 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-0085-2
Edition: English
ISBN 978-3-8365-0084-5
Edition: French
Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:
  • a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
  • a concise biography
  • approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions
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