Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Prestel Publishing (Paperback)Now available again, this bestselling book reveals the story of two creative geniuses, their important contributions to twentieth-century art, and their tumultuous romance. Elegant reproductions of their best-known works and historical photographs illustrate the thoughtful text, which explores the political, social, and cultural upheaval that was at the center of their relationship. What emerges is a portrait of the artists, the tension between their love for each other and their commitment to their work, and the indelible legacy of paintings, murals, and words they left behind. Present-day perceptions of Mexican art are dominated by Frida Kahlo, whose powerful self-portraits and portrayals of emotional trauma have gained enormous popularity. Her relationship with painter Diego Rivera is mirrored in many of her stunning paintings, which combine motifs of folk art with a deeply personal symbolism. Convert currency. Add to Basket.
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In addition to belonging to the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl movement, which sought to define a Mexican identity, Kahlo has been described as a surrealist or magical realist. Although she was disabled by polio as a child, Kahlo had been a promising student headed for medical school until a traffic accident at age eighteen, which caused her lifelong pain and medical problems. During her recovery, she returned to her childhood hobby of art with the idea of becoming an artist. Kahlo's interests in politics and art led to her joining the Mexican Communist Party in , through which she met fellow Mexican artist Diego Rivera. The couple married in , and spent the late s and early s travelling in Mexico and the United States together. During this time, she developed her artistic style, drew her main inspiration from Mexican folk culture , and painted mostly small self-portraits which mixed elements from pre-Columbian and Catholic beliefs. The exhibition was a success and was followed by another in Paris in
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