22 Feb

Last night I pulled Lacuna from oft my TBR stack. Not wanting to get too involved, because I’m expecting The Winter People, I read the inside back of the book and discovered that Kingsolver incorporates Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera into the narrative (not certain, having not read the book, if it’s integral to the story or just a mention). Regardless, it reminded me that I have a nice table book about Frida Kahlo that I haven’t looked at or read in years. So this morning I did just that.

I flipped through this soft cover edition, lingering on page after page as paintings and photographs captured me. I became distracted from the words written by art historian and author Hayden Herrera, and found myself only reading the pages depicting the visuals that imprisoned me.


Frida Kahlo’s art is an acquired taste. She lived life according to her own rules, and loved only one man though there were many men in her life. One can not mention her name without seeing Diego Rivera by her side. And though he had many lovers,  “ When Frida died, Rivera was like a ‘soul cut in two.’  His great frog face sagged into folds of age and sorrow. He dug his nails into the palms of his clenched fists over and over again until they bled. In his autobiography, Rivera remembered,  ‘July 13th, 1954, was the most tragic day of my life. I had lost my beloved Frida forever …. Too late now, I realized that the most wonderful part of my life had been my love for Frida.’  ” *

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This is a wonderful book depicting the extraordinary lives of these two revolutionaries, in words, photographs and in the art they both so passionately embraced.

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First HarperPerennial edition published 1993

Biography, photography and art –
Soft cover Table Book
257 pages including Notes; List of Illustrations; Bibliography; and Index

*page 219





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