Art, Kahlo

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Pain and passion

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

The captivating paintings of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) were in many ways an expression of trauma. A serious car accident at 18, poor health, a troubled marriage, miscarriage and childlessness, she transformed all her suffering into revolutionary art.

In her faithful or metaphorical self-portraits, Kahlo looks at the viewer with a burning boldness, rejecting her fate as a passive victim and preferring to interweave the expressions of her experience to shape a hybrid vital lexicon where the real and the surreal mingle: hair, roots, veins, tendons and uterine tubes. Many of her works also explore the communist political ideals she shares with Rivera. She described her paintings as "the most sincere and real thing I could do to express what I felt inside and outside myself.

This book presents Frida Kahlo's abundant work and explores her unwavering determination as an artist, her importance as a painter, feminist icon, and pioneer of Latin American culture.

About the author 

Andrea Kettenmann studied art history in Göttingen and Hamburg before joining the Department of Art History at Hamburg University. She has published numerous articles and books on Frida Kahlo and has collaborated on several exhibitions and catalogs. She is an independent art historian in Mexico City, where she has lived for many years. 


Hardcover, 21 x 26 cm, 0.62 kg, 96 pages

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