Saturday, July 11, 2009

Frida Kahlo Bedtime Story

Tonight before bedtime, Jameson and I read Frida by Jonah Winter. It's a children's book about the Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. You can peek at the book at Amazon, but, if you'd rather not, you can take my word that it's a neat, creative book about this artist that Jameson always likes.

After we were finished, Jameson asked me about her, and we talked about how "painting pictures was her job", and he thought that was pretty neat, commenting that he too would like painting to be his job. I told him that with his dad's artistic genes he could probably do that, and told him I would later show him some of the pictures that Frida painted.

He likes to see the pictures that his dad puts on his blog, so I thought tomorrow I could show him some pictures on my blog. Here's a couple of pictures of Frida, and a couple of links to websites that have images of her paintings.

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo is remembered today for her personal struggle and extraordinary life story as much as for her vibrant and intimate artwork.

Frida Kahlo with Idol #11, Coyoacán, Mexico, ca. 1940

An exhibition at the National Museum for Women in the Arts (NMWA), "Frida Kahlo: Public Image, Private Life. A Selection of Photographs and Letters," examines the dichotomy between Kahlo's self-cultivated public persona and the grim realities of her life.

Frida Kahlo with Idol #11, Coyoacán, Mexico, ca. 1940

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