FRIDA KAHLO    Book Number: 87187    Product format: Hardback

Until now, these letters to the artist's beloved mother Matilde Calderón Kahlo have not been collected and published in English. The woman who is now recognised as one of Mexico's greatest painters born on 6th July 1907 was the third of four daughters to a mestizo woman (of Spanish/Indian descent) and a German father, Wilhelm Kahlo, who had arrived in Mexico as a young man. Frida's extraordinary painting style, her tragic story, and her relationship with the artist Diego Rivera have made her a cult figure. 50 of her handwritten letters reveal a sometimes fraught relationship, as with most mothers and daughters, always alive and honest. They begin in 1923 when Kahlo was 16 and continued until the death of her mother in 1932. They reveal her anxieties, feelings about her husband and friends, and above all the marvellous, critical painter's eye in her description of people and places from Mexico, San Francisco and New York. There is a great deal of anxiety about money and many requests to send some. "Send me five cents for an ice cream cone and five cents for quesadillas." She describes a shawl costing three dollars, of very good quality and is worried that she doesn't want her building work and bedroom redecoration delayed because having a mason to come round is $7.75 daily "and I don't know how I will get the money." Every person named has a number in red next to the name and a brief explanation along the left hand margin. "Dearly precious Papa, I miss you dearly, you have no idea how much I would like to be with all of you, but I will soon be back and we'll see each other again. The city of San Francisco is very pretty? I saw the ocean for the first time and I loved it... The bay is huge and there are ships coming from China and the whole East. We live close to Chinatown where they sell beautiful things in their shops, handmade costumes and fabrics, made out of very fine silk". Opposite is 25 year old Frida photographed by her father who was a photographer. Throughout this big beautifully designed volume there are dozens of reproductions of her extraordinary paintings like one of New York entitled 'My Dress Hangs There' from 1933 and a self portrait in a pink dress carrying the Mexican flag, symbols littered in a display around her in 'Self Portrait on the Borderline Between Mexico and the United States', 1932. Colour cover, 176 large pages. 24 x 19cm.
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ISBN 9780349011950
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