Anyone who knows me knows that I really like Frida Kahlo, the demigod-like Mexican artist who died in 1954, and her work. So when I was asked to review a book about her life, I was thrilled. I had never been sent a book to review before, so I was also a little nervous.
Please don’t expect this to be like a professional book review, but just the opinion of someone who likes to read and who loves Frida Kahlo, her work and her story.
As a single mother who works full time I don’t have a lot of time to read, but I made time for Frida Kahlo at Home and frankly, I loved it. It was very engaging and easy to read.
I think I know quite a bit about Frida, I’ve even been to the house where she was born and where she died, La Casa Azul in Coyoacan, but I always yearn to know more about “Fridita”, as we fans like to call her, and this book provided me with more details about Frida, her family and friends. Plus it is written in English, my first language. There is a good balance here between well-known and lesser-known facts about Frida. I learned things I did not know and I also learned a lot about her long time love and fellow revered Mexican artist, Diego Rivera.
I really enjoyed the photographs as well. I especially liked the explanations / interpretations of Frida’s paintings, which helped me, an amateur art-lover, to understand her and her work better.
The effort and care poured into this book are apparent on every single page. (Plus you can see it all in the Bibliography or References section.) I’m thinking the author Suzanne Barbezat (who happens to be a friend) is an even bigger fan of “Friducha” (Diego’s nickname for her) than I am! I can’t wrap my head around how much time and research must have gone into this book.
This labor of love was a pleasure to read and is perfect for both those who know and love Frida, and for those who wish to learn more about her.