Penguin Random House

Frida Kahlo's Garden

$ 34.95

This vibrant book provides a thrilling new perspective from which to  appreciate Frida Kahlo’s paintings against the backdrop of her home and  garden as explored in The New York Botanical Garden's groundbreaking  exhibition "Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life."

Frida Kahlo created a  natural paradise in her home at the Casa Azul in Mexico City. The  plants cultivated there were vital components of some of her most  original work, and an important part of her fascination with indigenous  Mexican history and culture. From early paintings dating from the 1920s  to her last known work, Kahlo’s use of botanical imagery reflects not  only a love of the natural world, but also an evolving iconography. 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. In addition to dazzling full-page reproductions  of Kahlo’s paintings and works on paper, the book also includes essays  presenting Kahlo as an avid collector of artifacts, animals, books, and  plants. Archival photos trace the evolution of the Casa Azul over the  course of the artist’s lifetime. Additionally, it explores Mexican  architecture, landscape design, and gardens of the early 20th century.  Fans of botanical art, garden enthusiasts, and Kahlo’s many devotees  will find new and exciting images and information in this elegant,  unique presentation of one of modern art’s most revered figures. 

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