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Diary of Frida Kahlo

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  21,184 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) kept a remarkable diary revealing the passion and strength of the final ten years of her anguished life. This volume is a facsimile which includes her own brightly coloured paintings and drawings.
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 1995)
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Meliss Alvarez In his moving presentation, Mexican faultfinder/writer/artist Fuentes relates Kahlo's pictures of agony, misfortune, mutilation and amazing quality to…moreIn his moving presentation, Mexican faultfinder/writer/artist Fuentes relates Kahlo's pictures of agony, misfortune, mutilation and amazing quality to Mexico's noteworthy cycles of upheaval and response.
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Feb 18, 2008 Jaime rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i took my time with frida's diary:
one. because the emotion she reached inside of me
felt raw and sometimes heavy
two. because i didn't want to come to its finish.

i'm slightly obsessed (proudly) with this woman
and find myself moved in ways that enrich my soul
every time i spend time with frida.

her love for life
her passion for love and connection
her desires for both the men and women
in her life
strike me in such a familiar way
that guide me in embracing my true nature.

her vulnerability created passi
Dec 22, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for journal inspiration
Shelves: art-related, reviewed
Who would say that stains
live 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 laughter
and scorn - It is strength to laugh
and lose oneself. to be cruel and
Tragedy is the most
ridiculous thing "man" has
but 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 more
than any
that any man can
If you're about to open the pages 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, wouldn't you? Originally not intended to be published, 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 writing, and even though Frida isn't a Surrealist, she occasiona ...more
Nov 24, 2011 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 thoughts you've already been pounded with what two ...more
May 03, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 translation in a separate volume, and/or make som ...more
in prep for my trip to Casa Azul....and because Frida is...Frida.
Uriel Soto
Jul 22, 2013 Uriel Soto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 muestra un poco de su historia, sus logros, amores y desamore
Alana Klinka
Aug 09, 2011 Alana Klinka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 15, 2007 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 21, 2016 Fabienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"ALAS ROTAS" (p.156)
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!
Jun 22, 2012 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 to keep going as an artist.
M. Jane Colette
Aug 21, 2016 M. Jane Colette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 for non-Spanish readers--and contextualizations, ...more
Jun 13, 2016 Karla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rosa Ramôa
May 19, 2015 Rosa Ramôa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Pensaram que eu era surrealista, mas nunca fui. Nunca pintei sonhos, só pintei a minha própria realidade". (Frida Kahlo)
Apr 11, 2013 Zeljana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 arrangement. There is movement. There is light. All ce
Feb 12, 2013 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 reflected in her work, but her coping and ultimately
Jul 14, 2016 Cecilia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Remarkable, love surrealist art, love Mexican art and culture, love Frida. I have two posters of Frida's paintings - "Self portrait with Monkeys" and "Self Portrait with Parrots" - they were gifts and I love them but they are not my favorite Frida painting. While I do love everything she painted, my absolute favorite painting is "The Broken Column". That particular painting has always resonated with me because I understood it even before I would ever feel it myself. While Frida may have painted ...more
Apr 17, 2016 Jay rated it it was amazing
Not too long ago, I used to spend my summers reading novels in Spanish. It 19s a tough gig. I used to watch my father do the same with a dictionary at his side. He was anal compulsive college professor, and he couldn 19t get through a sentence without looking a new word up. He couldn 19t pass up on a word he didn 19t know and relax. I think I inherited much of his insanity. I began reading the same novels he did when he was finished with them. I cheated though. I would go out and buy the English ...more
Lydia St Giles
The book itself is a thing of beauty. With a black and bronze binding and marbled end-papers, it’s a fit receptacle for the facsimile edition of Kahlo’s diary.
These colourful pages form the main body of the book. Plentifully illustrated, the text is is an open hand, mostly legible but sometimes scratched out and edited by the writer. Even if you read Spanish, don’t ignore the translation which follows. The commentaries (by Sarah M Lowe) are essential for our understanding of this complex person
Tayylor Leon
Frida Kahlo’s diary is a noteworthy book for anyone interested in art, as it offers insight into the mind of one of the 20th century’s most important artists. In saying that, this still only had a limited appeal for me. Funnily enough, this is due to both a positive and negative aspect of the diary. Kahlo’s entries are clearly very intimate, but they are not actually meant for us. Her words and drawings are often ambiguous and indecipherable, and as a reader wanting to get to know someone better ...more
Sep 17, 2011 Rebeca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Die A.
Apr 14, 2016 Die A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro es una reproducción fiel y exacta del diario de Frida Kahlo. Es tan así que uno llega a sentirse un poco culpable por el verdadero acto de voyeurismo literario que implica el tener acceso a un documento tan íntimo de la artista. Frida queda tan expuesta aquí como en sus pinturas.

Incluye una traducción del escritor mexicano Carlos Fuentes, la cual a mi muy humilde juicio no añade mayor cosa; el detalle o "toque" del libro está precisamente en la reproducción del diario tal cual es en l
Gunjid Dashdorj
Feb 29, 2016 Gunjid Dashdorj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Peri Kitapları
Mar 11, 2015 Peri Kitapları rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

" ...zaman zaman umutsuzluk duyuyorum. Hiçbir sözcüğün betimleyemeyeceği bir umutsuzluk bu. Bunun yanında herşeye rağmen yaşamak da istiyorum."

Bu kitabı okuduktan sonra, Frida'nın çizdiği tüm resimler hayalimde tekrar şekillendi ve resimlerdeki tüm ayrıntılar bana göz kırpmaya başladı, Frida'nın resimlerde akıttığı her bir gözyaşı adeta elime de damladı...

Frida'nın yaratıcı yeteneği, sağlık sorunlarından sonra ortaya çıkmıştı sanki. O feci trafik kazasını yaşayıp, yatağa çakılmak zorunda kalmasa
Erika Ordonez
Feb 27, 2012 Erika Ordonez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 12, 2012 Raisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Haunting and brilliant - much like the artist herself. I feel as though I've seen almost too much. An intimate portrait indeed.
Janet Berkman
Feb 05, 2014 Janet Berkman rated it it was ok
I am conflicted about this book. The diary itself, is beautiful and poetic: her words, accompanied by sketches, are powerful and moving. The essay by Sarah Lowe is interesting and added to my understanding of Khalo and the document. But the introduction by Carlos Fuentes was opaque and a difficult read. Also, the layout of the book, with the glossy colour reproduction of diary in the middle is accompanied by translations at the end which made for continuous flipping back and forth and multiple b ...more
Dec 06, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
5 stars for Frida's own words and work, 3 stars for formatting and commentary.
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Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter, who has achieved great international popularity. She painted using vibrant colors in a style that was influenced by indigenous cultures of Mexico as well as by European influences that include Realism, Symbolism, and Surrealism. Many of her works are self-portraits that symbolically express her own pain and sexuality.

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