One of the most fascinating historical figures of our time, artist Frida Kahlo has been commemorated and remembered in countless volumes and films. However Suzanne Barbezat’s tome, Frida Kahlo at Home stretches beyond the usual depictions and analyses of Kahlo’s work (although it provides those too) and sets a vivid scene for her life in Mexico, and her place within Mexican culture, from the 1920s onwards.
The beautifully designed book is littered with childhood and teen images of the lauded painter, alongside her paintings, and the reader soon begins to see the inspirations behind Kahlo’s adult works. Naturally, the book touches on the artist’s relationship with Diego Rivera, her time in San Francisco, her injuries and the political circumstances of the day, but it also centres on the living spaces and homes of Kahlo’s life. This, I think, is a fantastic glimpse into the life of one of the best-known female artists to date.
[Frances Lincoln, 2016]