FRIDA KAHLO by Nancy Frazier


Mysterious Painter
Age Range: 10 - 14
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 In ``The Library of Famous Women,'' a brief but perceptive introduction to Frida Kahlo (1910-54)--``one of the most imaginative, original, and heroic painters in the history of art.'' Plunging into her subject with a discussion of the powerful symbols in one of Kahlo's best known paintings--The Two Fridas--Frazier sets forth the dominant themes in the artist's life: her mixed Mexican-European heritage; her troubled marriage to mentor Diego Rivera; the influence of Mexico's revolution and its folkloric past on her ideas; her loneliness and pain. Using a chronological sampling--Kahlo's parents' lack of affection, the crippling accident of 1925, Rivera's enthusiasm for her art, infidelities on both sides (mentioned, not detailed), a miscarriage--Frazier skillfully shows how the life propelled the art. The descriptions of paintings that demonstrate this are the book's best feature. But many are not shown, and the author says little about technique or design; also, while Frazier intelligently selects and organizes information to create a lively, authentic portrait, her writing is choppy, perhaps in an attempt to lower the reading level--an effort made fruitless by the sophistication of the subject. Still, a useful first look. Photos and reproductions; glossary; further reading (a short, undistinguished list); index. (Biography. 10-14)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 1-56711-012-6
Page count: 64pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 1992