Of all the books and fine words written about Frida Kahlo – a Mexican painter whose modest success in her lifetime was eclipsed by a rediscovery in the latter part of the 20th century – Frida Kahlo: Her Life, Her Work, Her Home surely stands head and shoulders above the rest as the most attractive-looking book to be produced about this exceptional woman.
Kahlo’s extraordinary life has been captured in stunning and vivid detail by Francisco De La Mora’s wonderful graphic biography. It charts Kahlo’s entire life – from her polio diagnosis as a very young girl, to the bus accident which formed the basis of most of the pain in her life, through her rise as an artist (working in a kind of tandem with her artist partner Diego Rivera, himself the subject of a previous SelfMadeHero biography by De La Mora), and ultimately, her untimely death in 1954, aged 47.
Never fully appreciated until later years, the future LGBTQ+ icon’s inspired, but somewhat painful life is beautifully illustrated, with De La Mora utilising soft strokes and bold colour to encapsulate the painter’s spirit. Of course, the content is well known, but it’s not been seen quite this way until now. Frida Kahlo: Her Life Her Work, Her Home is a unique book about a truly unique life.
Frida Kahlo: Her Life, Her Work, Her Home, Francisco De La Mora (SelfMadeHero)
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words CHRIS ANDREWS