The Diary of Frida Kahlo by Frida Kahlo

The Diary of Frida Kahlo

Published here in its entirety, Frida Kahlo's amazing illustrated journal documents the last ten years of her turbulent life. This passionate, often surprising, intimate record, kept under lock and key for some forty years in Mexico, reveals many new dimensions in the complex persona of this remarkable Mexican artist.Covering the years 1944-45, the 170-page journal contains Frida's thoughts, poems, and dreams, and reflects her stormy relationship...


Details The Diary of Frida Kahlo

TitleThe Diary of Frida Kahlo
ISBN9780810959545
Author
Release DateAug 9th, 2005
PublisherHarry N. Abrams
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages296 pages
GenreArt, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir
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Reviews The Diary of Frida Kahlo

  • Jaime
    2008-02-18
    i took my time with frida's diary:one. because the emotion she reached inside of mefelt raw and sometimes heavybuttwo. because i didn't want to come to its finish.i'm slightly obsessed (proudly) with this womanand find myself moved in ways that enrich my soulevery time i spend time with frida.her love for lifeher passion for love and connectionher desires for both the men and womenin her lifestrike me in such a familiar waythat guide me in embrac...
  • Suvi
    2011-09-29
    If you're about to read this expecting a traditional 'what I did today' -diary, you're in for a big surprise. Then again, if you already know Frida Kahlo you wouldn't really expect that, would you? Originally not intended to be published, through Kahlo's diary you get inside her head in the form of letters, notes, automatic writing and sketches. So much so, that you feel a bit rude for invading her thoughts. I don't claim to understand automatic ...
  • Sara
    2013-09-20
    Who would say that stainslive and help one to live?Ink, blood, odor. Oh, Frida, Frida, Frida. What else is there to say? This is beautiful.There is nothing more precious than laughterand scorn - It is strength to laughand lose oneself. to be cruel andlight.Tragedy is the mostridiculous thing "man" hasbut I'm sure that animals suffer,and yet they do not exhibit their "pain"in "theatres" neither open nor"closed" (their "homes").and their pain is m...
  • Kate
    2011-11-17
    I really didn't enjoy this book. I thought it was going to be a basic translated version of Frida Kahlo's diary with a brief introduction of some kind about her and her life, It isn't. This book begins with a long larbourious introduction which, I felt, at times strays completely from Kahlo and can be very hard to follow. And then there is a full essay on the contents and format of Kahlo's diary. So before you get to view any of her work or her t...
  • Nicole
    2012-05-03
    This is a facsimile of Frida Kahlo's diary, so of course it is awesome. 4 instead of 5 stars for bad layout decisions. I can kind of understand why, for example, all of the translation is at the end of the book, so as not to interrupt the flow of the diary itself, but it could have been done more elegantly so that it's not so hard to find the translation of the page you're looking at. A better option might have been to have all the commentary and...
  • Fabienne
    2015-01-08
    "ALAS ROTAS" (p.156)
  • Uriel Soto
    2013-07-05
    "PAREJA EXTRAÑA DEL PAÍS DEL PUNTO Y LA RAYA"Halagos sobran para este magnifico libro, es toda una obra de arte hecha por la increíble Frida.Empezando por la bellísima edición: esa imagen en la sobrecubierta, ésa que tanto significo para su autora, igualmente hermosa la portada, forrada en tela roja, una edición digna de un libro tan magnífico.La entrañable introducción hecha por Carlos Fuentes te transporta al mundo de la pintora, te m...
  • Alana Klinka
    2011-08-09
    Frida Kahlo's diary is worth the read. It contains sketches that thematically connect to her paintings that are far more well know, however the texture and raw quality is quite different. You see her process and even for an artist who was so revealing in her work, there is more to see here! Reading this diary in the context of todays art world, where a sketch can be considered fine art, shows how timeless and relevant her work is.
  • Rebecca
    2007-03-04
    This book is amazing. The haunting images alone are worth it (It's Kahlo, for god's sake!) and there's an English language translation of the text included.
  • MiiriAm
    2017-01-12
    Q difícil es calificar algo tan intimo como un diario que demuestra de manera cruda los sentimientos q enfrentaba Frida Kahlo durante esta etapa de su vida por medio de sus pinturas, trazos y palabras. La introducción de Carlos Fuentes es preciosa, pero los ensayos son mas de lo mismo, fueron pocas hojas pero para mi fueron sufrimiento.Y como punto extra la edición es maravillosa. Hay q recordar q este libro no es una biografía pero si un com...
  • Kelly
    2017-02-19
    Content was absolutely worthy of five stars but the formatting of this collection was difficult to follow. I wish they had done side by side translations throughout the journal rather than miniature translations at the back of the book.
  • Melissa Hernandez
    2017-02-14
    It only shows the later years of her death, and you can see in her writing that her health is beginning to fail. You get some of her art that isn't out for public viewing (museums, etc.), which is pretty cool. It was a lot at times, and I had to put it away for a bit. I enjoyed the analysis at the end. Helped when I couldn't make out a few things.
  • M. Jane Colette
    2016-08-21
    I devoured this book and will continue to devour it for years to come. The introduction by Carlos Fuentes is challenging but worth putting in the effort to read twice-thrice to really understand it. The faithful reproductions of the pages from Kahlo's diary--an art journal before there was such a trend!--through to bled-through inks and coffee stains are PHENOMENAL. The back end of the book contains translations of the pages--which is a great aid...
  • Tristy
    2012-03-18
    There are no words to describe how important this book is to me. I regularly visit the pages of Frida Kahlo's diary for inspiration and deeper insight into my own life and perspective of the world. Some pages are heartbreaking and some are joyous, but it is all TRUE and that's the biggest teaching, here. I also learned to embrace the bleeding through of pages, when working in journals. "Messy" is inspiring and beautiful!
  • Vicki
    2012-06-22
    Oh, MAN, what is not to love about Frida Kahlo's crazy life and art? Her diaries are gorgeous, startling, maddening, lyrical, lusty, full of pain and deep joy. Whenever I feel confined, I open these diaries and feell....freer somehow...able to keep going as an artist.
  • Alicia
    2017-03-11
    Although she begins this diary at the age of 37-ish, (the first date of entry is not clear) ~ it seems that because of everything that has suddenly happened physically & emotionally to her, that now ~~she will document things.And, of course, Frida will journal in her own artistic way.Some may find it difficult to read, because of the language barrier, because of her honesty in her pain & rage & beeeecause the love that did not die & because we se...
  • Zeljana
    2013-02-24
    Auxochrone - Chromophore. Diego.She who wears the color.He who sees the color.Since the year 1922. Until always and forever. No in 1944. After all the hours lived through. The vectors continue in their original direction. Nothing stops them. With no more knowledge than live emotion. With no other wish than to go on until they meet. Slowly. With great unease, but with the certainty that all is guided by the “golden section.” There is cellular ...
  • Andrea
    2013-01-17
    At times I felt guilty of voyeurism by gaining such an intimate look into Frida's life. I don't know that she would support its publication were she alive.Parts of the commentary I didn't read because they were dry and provided more insight into her art than her life, which is why I mainly chose to read Frida's own text. The evolution of her drawings and paintings throughout the book were fascinating to take in. Not only was her illness deeply re...
  • Karla
    2016-06-13
    Siempre he sentido cierta fascinación con la historia de Frida Kahlo, sin embargo es hasta hoy cuando me sumerjo más en sus pinturas y parte de su vida. Me gustó la descripción de algunas de sus obras, la detallada historia detrás de su arte. Lo cual hace que crezca mi admiración hacia esta gran artista.
  • Erika Ordonez
    2012-02-27
    An artists diary is a sketchbook... loved to see Frida Kahlo's life through one of the most intimate objects of an artist.. their sketchbook... they are not really meant to be viewed at, I am really glad to have had this opportunity through this book :D
  • Rebeca
    2011-09-15
    Frida pinta su vida, amor, decepcion, frustacion y su dolor, mucho y profundo dolor que la acompano por muchos anos desde que cumpliera 18 anos hasta morir, su intenso y loco amor por Diego se ve en cada pagina en sus palabras y pinturas,,,Frida es Frida y no hay comparacion.
  • Rosa Ramôa
    2015-05-19
    "Pensaram que eu era surrealista, mas nunca fui. Nunca pintei sonhos, só pintei a minha própria realidade". (Frida Kahlo)
  • Raisa
    2011-12-22
    Love the book from beginning to end but why wouldn't I it's Frida Kahlo. Her diary is so rich and color and her thoughts are so deep. Love it I feel like I know her better as a person.
  • Emily
    2012-11-01
    5 stars for Frida's own words and work, 3 stars for formatting and commentary.
  • Hadrian
    2011-03-16
    Haunting and brilliant - much like the artist herself. I feel as though I've seen almost too much. An intimate portrait indeed.
  • Katarina
    2008-09-22
    poetizujuca sustina bivstvovanja
  • Kathleen
    2012-04-21
    I love Frida. Enough said.
  • Rowena
    2014-07-13
    The layout may bother some people, having to flick back and forth for translations. However, I didn't mind it. I wasn't aware there would also be commentaries, so that was a nice surprise and I found it very useful. Not being artistic myself, I was able to take in and appreciate Frida's work and then flick to the back to see if there was something that I most likely missed. (Another reason why I couldn't/shouldn't "review" the art itself.) Her wr...