Happy Birthday, Frida Kahlo!

self portrait by Frida KahloThe Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born 103 years ago today in Mexico City. She's probably best known to Americans from the Salma Hayek movie Frida, but you owe it yourself to learn more about this remarkable woman and artist. The Christian Science Monitor has a short written piece on her and a video tribute to her work here. Her painting was heavily influenced by the Surrealist movement and by Mexican indigenous culture. Over a third of her 143 paintings are self-portraits. She once said, "I paint myself because I am often alone and I am the subject I know best."  She began painting when she was eighteen, after a traffic accident that left her in a body cast for three months.  A  recurring theme of her work is emotional and physical pain. If you would like to know more about her life and work, you could start with the appropriately titled Frida Kahlo: Her Life and Work, in our oversized books section. If you want something a little more portable, check out the DVD Latin American Women Artists from our AV collection. Our copy of the movie Frida is the worse for wear, but we can request it for you from another MInuteman library. We also have other books on Frida Kahlo that aren't so back-breakingly large: Frida Kahlo: The Paintings with commentary by noted Kahlo scholar Hayden Herrera provides a thorough introduction to her work; The World of Frida Kahlo: The Blue House, takes you into her home and haunts; and you can get a more glimpse of her life in I Will Never Forget You, a collection of her letters to her friend and lover, the photographer Nickolas Muray. Take a look in the network catalog or come to the library: we'll help you find what you're looking for, whether it's about Frida Kahlo or not.

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