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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Their Lives and Ideas

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Their Lives and Ideas

Jerome J. Hausman

FRIDA KAHLO AND DIEGO RIVERA: Their Lives and Ideas (2005; $17.95), by Carol Sabbeth. Chicago Review Press, 814 N. Franklin St., Chicago, IL 60610; www.chicagoreviewpress.com.

It was in 1954 that Frida Kahlo died; three years later her husband, Diego Rivera, also died. Today, their art is more popular than ever. Their lives have been rich and dramatic; their accomplishments as artists help us to experience and understand the rich traditions of Mexico and the times in which they lived. Teachers using this book can find points of entry with the drama of Mexican history and culture, the excitement and fulfillment of being an artist, and the personal dynamics of Diego and Frida as they struggled with people and circumstances.

The stories of their lives (separately and together) are moving and fascinating: Diego’s meeting with Picasso in Paris; the horrific trolley accident in which Frida was crushed; Diego’s involvement in the Mexican Mural Movement; together, their visit to the United States and their growing recognition and acclaim as artists. This is a book that tells of dealings with the Rockefellers, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andre Breton and the Surrealists. Interspersed with these stories are excellent reproductions of their art, photographs of people and events in their lives, and suggested classroom activities.

As is stated on the book’s cover: “… children will learn that art is much more than pretty pictures; it can be a way to express the artist’s innermost feelings, a source of everyday joy and fun, an outlet for political ideas, and an expression of hope for a better world.”–J.J.H. For information about this publication, circle No. 400 on the Reader Service Card.

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