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Joelle Charbonneau
Frida Kahlo. Ein Leidenschaftliches Leben - Hayden Herrera The biography of Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter and icon, who had a horrible accident in her youth which she suffered from all her life, gives an insight into her independent mind, her expressive art and her turbulent life. She was married to the famous Diego Rivera, who had countless affairs, found a way to deal with his ways and to cope with the health issues she had all her life, due to the accident, including several misscarriages by painting.
The narrative is a wonderful and effective mix of a third person perspective, quotes from original documents and her art. Combined they provide a great insight into an exceptional woman. You understand the paintings when reading about her life and get an impression of her feelings about events in her life just by looking at her paintings (in my edition was a large number of coloured images of her paintings along with photos). Her art often looks cruel and bloody at first sight, but when learning about the background you appreciate the stroes and feelings the painting tell about. The story is very vividly and well told. A great read!