Very few artists have transcended the realm of art history to become as ubiquitous as Frida Kahlo. As one of the most recognizable figures of the 20th century, his works – and his image – are deeply embedded in cultural consciousness. Charged with a powerful symbolism, his paintings continue to fascinate subsequent generations.
A new large format book, Frida Kahlo: The Complete Paintings, published by Taschen, is the most comprehensive and comprehensive study of Kahlo’s vast artistic career to date. Displaying works that were once lost or not exhibited for more than 80 years, it also includes paintings belonging to private collections and difficult to access by the general public.
Intimate letters, drawings and diary entries allow the reader to gain new insight into the biography and abundant inner life of this legendary Mexican artist, while personal photographs illustrate scenes from her marriage to painter Diego. Riviera, illustrating their life together at Casa Azul – Kahlo’s “intimate universe”.
Her famous self-portraits – exploring themes such as femininity, her Latin cultural heritage, and her experiences with disability and chronic pain – are so instantly recognizable that they have become truly iconic. This volume contains over 50 of these paintings, so rich in meaning that after all these years they still promise to wear layers of undisclosed revelations.
Take a look at the gallery above for a selection of some of the fascinating paintings featured in Frida Kahlo: Complete paintings.
Frida Kahlo: The Complete Paintings (edited by Luis-Martín Lozano and with contributions by Andrea Kettenmann and Marina Vázquez Ramos) is published by Taschen and available now for £ 150