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After having spent the last month talking about immigration, one of the largest social issues of our time for a multitude of reasons, I thought it would be nice to turn our attention to something a little bit lighter this week. Frida Kahlo was one of the most prominent surrealist artists of the 20th century. Her life, along with her work, has become immortalized because of her popularity and unique story. Not only was she an important artist, but she was also a Mexican artist. Thus, for this week, I would like to draw your attention to a few books about Frida Kahlo, whom I’ve specifically chosen for this because she is a unique personality whom many people reference in popular culture.
Margaret Frith’s Frida Kahlo: The Artist who Painted Herself is a good read for ages five to eight about Frida Kahlo that chronicles her life and art. As an added bonus, the book is illustrated by Tomie dePaola, a follower of Kahlo’s work. Sarah Fabiny’s Who Was Frida Kahlo? is written for audiences that are ages eight to twelve. It is a biography of Kahlo’s life and history. While it’s not as colorful as Frith’s book, it is an informative read.
For young adult readers, there is Andrea Kettenmann’s Frida Kahlo 1907-1954: Pain and Passion. This book is a short biography that chronicles Kahlo’s life with a bit more detail than the previously mentioned books, and it includes pictures of Kahlo as well as some of her works.
Why are these books important for the classroom? Well, many times, we get so bogged down on issues that can become depressing and boring that after a while we forget to focus on other aspects of culture – such as art. While Kahlo had a unique style, she was a well-renowned artist during her time and long after. Also, talking about Kahlo can open discussion about the advances other Mexicans have made in modern art as well. For example, Kahlo’s husband, Diego Rivera, was also a well known Mexican artist who painted murals at the bequest of Mexican officials following the Mexican Revolution. Art is a part of culture, and why not expose youngsters to this aspect of Mexican culture a little bit more?
Until Next Time,