The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait by Frida Kahlo

The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait

Published here in its entirety, Frida Kahlo's amazing illustrated journal documents the last ten years of her turbulent life. This passionate, often surprising, intimate record, kept under lock and key for some forty years in Mexico, reveals many new dimensions in the complex persona of this remarkable Mexican artist.Covering the years 1944-45, the 170-page journal contain...

Title:The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait
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ISBN:0810959542
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:296 pages

The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait Reviews

  • Jaime
    Feb 18, 2008

    i took my time with frida's diary:

    one. because the emotion she reached inside of me

    felt raw and sometimes heavy

    but

    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

    i took my time with frida's diary:

    one. because the emotion she reached inside of me

    felt raw and sometimes heavy

    but

    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 passion!

    equaling a force few knew how to handle.

    she's a sister

    from another time.

  • Lori
    Jun 21, 2009

    in prep for my trip to Casa Azul....and because Frida is...Frida.

  • Suvi
    Sep 29, 2011

    If you're about to read this 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, would you? Originally not intended to be published, through Kahlo's diary 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,

    If you're about to read this 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, would you? Originally not intended to be published, through Kahlo's diary 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 occasionally seems to be using the same technique in her writings. I'm so far only visually into Surrealism, so for me those passages were the most difficult and confusing.

    But in the whole, is the diary really meant to be understood by someone other than her? Frida's writings and pictures together create a beautiful chaos, that helps you get a little bit closer to her art. Even you didn't understand everything, you can still feel the emotions that Frida went through when her health slowly deteriorated, and the love she had for Diego and pre-Columbian symbolism and culture. If you already admire Frida's art, this is a must read and a real gem of a companion piece to her paintings.

    The book itself had a little problematic layout, because the explanations and translations are all stuffed into the back of the book, forcing you to flip through the pages. The Finnish translation also had quite a bit of problems in terms of spelling. Not a huge thing, but stuff like that always sticks out when it's repeated a few times.

  • Kate
    Nov 17, 2011

    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

    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 other people think about her and the diary itself. Then you have the diary which is in full colour and detail (the only good bit of this book) But the way the translation have been done is really awkward in as much as all the translation are grouped together at the end of the book with the commenttary of the person who did the introduction. So intead of having the diary on one page and the translation on the opposite page so that you could glance and compare between the two with ease, you have to flick back and forth to find the right translation for the right page while also figuring out what is the direct translation of Kahlo's word and what are actually the opinions and thoughts of someone else that have been put in there already. I felt like I had no space ''reading'' this book. I didn't enjoy it. there is a relatively simple timeline at the end of the book which I though was interesting but other then that not much else . The book disects every part of Frida Kahlo leaving no space for you have have your own thoughts, feelings or discoveries. Love Frida, Hated the book.

  • Nicole
    May 03, 2012

    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

    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 some kind of online component to go with the diary now that we live in the future. Color coded page edges? Really, anything would be better than how it's laid out now. But, when you get down to it, complaining about having to flip pages back and forth is what I think some might call a "first world problem." It doesn't ruin the experience, just makes it clunky.

  • Uriel Soto
    Jul 05, 2013

    "PAREJA EXTRAÑA DEL PAÍS DEL PUNTO Y LA RAYA"

    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

    "PAREJA EXTRAÑA DEL PAÍS DEL PUNTO Y LA RAYA"

    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 desamores.

    En seguida, el facsímil del íntimo diario de Frida, en el cual se puede apreciar su increíble mentalidad surrealista, mediante dibujos, pinturas, cartas, poemas o palabras escritas sin ningún sentido, pero con gran significado para ella.

    Personalmente, puedo decir que es el libro más inspirador que han tocado mis manos, pues al leer las cartas que ella hacía para Diego, su amado Diego, es inevitable sentir la necesidad de escribir, además, que gracias a la forma de pensar de Frida, que es muy clara a lo largo de las páginas, ella misma parece que te alienta a hacerlo.

    Si, este libro es hermoso, perfecto, pero más que eso, al menos a mi me dejó un gran mensaje, empezando por el amor poco correspondido hacia Diego, sus ideales, y la despreocupación de lo que pudiesen opinar de ella, creo que cinco estrellas no reflejan la maravilla que es este diario.

    Éste libro no es para acabarlo y ponerlo en el librero, es para aquellos días de tristeza, de soledad, de reflexión, tomarlo, abrirlo leerlo, y sentir, sólo sentir.

  • Sara
    Sep 20, 2013

    Oh, Frida, Frida, Frida. What else is there to say? This is beautiful.

    Oh, Frida, Frida, Frida. What else is there to say? This is beautiful.

    What I love most about her journal is what I hate most about my journal keeping. She was very liberated; it truly was an outlet without heed to form, perfection or cleanliness: she clearly didn’t give a fuck if one entry stained another. I’m really anal about the journal I have at the moment and the letters I write to people, which I’m sure does little for anything created (a bad ‘control’ habit I’ll break out of soon hopefully). I put it down to the handwriting lessons received as a child: we were given cheap jotter books and very inky fineline pens that would clumsily splodge, stain and seep through pages if you lingered on a letter or full stop. You’d be marked down for it along any cross-outs. So though I write hard enough to engrave the next page, I’m likely to start the same letter six times if I make a mistake or write a single word wrong. So thanks to those brutal handwriting lessons, what bothers me most (apart from having to keep mistakes on the page) is seeing the ink from a previous entry bleed on the fresh side.

    Frida just doesn’t care: time and coherence means nothing to her. The entries included here range from doodles and automatic writing to sensual letters to Diego, musings on her art, on pain, a bouncing board for ideas expressed in both captions to miniature paintings and the little art pieces themselves, etc. She expresses herself without restraint on love, sex, desperation politics, art, monuments around her, special memories: as I said, a miniature form of her well-known paintings and her grand appearance of the world underneath/beyond.

    This book is money well spent if you're going to buy it. Not just a reproduction, it also has two amazing introductions at the start, a chronology, bibliography and index at the very back. The actual journal itself is presented looking close to the original as possible, full-colour and taking up the whole page, along with thumbnail-sized b&w reproductions of journal pages in the back with accompanying translations and notes. As an example, notes for page 29:

  • Fabienne
    Jan 08, 2015

    "ALAS ROTAS" (p.156)


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