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Frida Kahlo by Elizabeth Carpenter
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Nov 29, 2010

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Read from December 29, 2010 to January 13, 2011 , read count: 1

After reading Kingsolver's Lacuna, I wanted to go back and learn more about Frida. I watched the movie again and picked up the book. The book was captivating by the sheer tragedy of her life, but her love and energy that comes thru it all. She is a fascinating woman.

Like many, I historically found her art bizarre and hard to look at, but now knowing the context behind it, it is fascinating, painful at times and incredibly introspective (although, still not always easy to look at).

I would have given this book more stars, but there were times at which the author, an art student and critic understandably provided her own analyses and interpretation of the art. Not only did this not really "entertain" me, I didn't always agree with the interpretation. This does not make the author wrong, she did her job, I just wouldn't pick up a art critic book, this one drew me in by the amazing story behind it.

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