Frida Kahlo's Garden
'This vibrant book provides a thrilling new perspective from which to appreciate Frida Kahlo's paintings against the backdrop of her home and garden . . . By focusing attention on this aspect of her art and its relationship to her garden sanctuary, the book demonstrates how the natural world provided Kahlo with inspiration' Art of the Times
In the Coyoacán area of Mexico City of Mexico City lies Casa Azul (Blue House), home to the artist, Frida Kahlo from 1939 until her death in 1954. Throughout her time at Casa Azul, she worked with Diego Rivera to renovate the house and garden. Kahlo (1907-1954) treasured plants and designed a colourful and vibrant garden, using pots, plant beds, sculptures, ancient stones and even an Aztec-style pyramid. Kahlo planted native plants such as agave, cactus and prickly pear, which grew alongside orange and apricot trees, quince and pomegranate.
Many of these plants found their way into her paintings and threaded through her hair. From her early paintings dating from the 1920s to her last known work, Kahlo used botanical imagery.
Frida Kahlo's Garden takes readers inside Casa Azul, exploring the relationship between the artist's work and her home. Showcasing more than 20 of Kahlo’s paintings and works on paper, as well as archival photographs, the book accompanies the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life at The New York Botanical Garden.
This beautifully produced book is recommended for fans of botanical art, garden enthusiasts, and Kahlo's many devotees.
- Author: Adriana Zavala, Curator of Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life at The New York Botanical Garden
- Hardcover: 136 pages
- Date published: May 2015
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-3791354569
- Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 23.6 x 1.8 cm