The Diary of Frida Kahlo An Intimate Self-Portrait by Frida Kahlo
“There is nothing more precious than laughter. It is strength to laugh and lose oneself. To be light.” ーFrida Kahlo, The Diary of Frida Kahlo, An Intimate Self-Portrait
The women pioneers, Frida Kahlo, Mexico. Kahlo is one of the most celebrated artists and the biggest source of inspiration not only in Mexico but also to the whole world. There are multiple websites, books and media dedicate solely to her, including this book, The Diary of Frida Kahlo, An Intimate Self-Portrait with the introduction by the famous Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes. This book contains a colourful printing both of her remarkable arts and her writings, letters, journal and poems.
The diary of Frida Kahlo documented the last ten years of her turbulent life, the record of her thirty-two medical operation, outlook of her own life and nature, the expression of the love of her husband, Diego Rivera, and her loyalty to the Revolution not only in Mexico but also across Latin America. These were also the biggest elements that embodied her arts. She once said, “I don’t know whether my paintings are surrealist or not, but I do know that they are the frankest expression of myself.”
Extraordinarily, both the details on her diary and even her most painful self-portraits lack any sense of self-pity. On the contrary, they resonate her confidence, courage, happiness and gratitude toward her life and the people around her. Her desire to combat sadness was ferocious and also her sense of accepting and vulnerability.
“Feet, why do I need them if I have wings to fly?”
This is my first time reading about Kahlo. I didn’t know about her childhood sickness and then the bus accident. Her life, her stories, her intention, her will and her arts spell me and inpire me so deeply.