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Frida & Diego: Art, Love, Life (2014)

by Catherine Reef(Favorite Author)
3.61 of 5 Votes: 3
0547821840 (ISBN13: 9780547821849)
Clarion Books
review 1: I found this book to be informative, easy to read, and quite engaging. Considering I have a fair amount of Kahlo knowledgealready, I still found new information as well as a great biography of Diego Rivera.Written in chronological form and with historical details to recreate the era which played such a big part in both artists’ work, Catherine Reef’s biography gives the reader a fairly comprehensive overview of their lives. Additionally, it is chock full of photos and art (although my advanced copy is black and white), many of the photos unseen in my Frida experiences.For a new fan to one of both, it’s a great starting point. For someone already a fan, it’s a nice addition to what you might already have. Yes, it’s written from an educational perspective, but that... more doesn’t detract from the enjoyment. While it won’t make you throw out your copy of Hayden Herrera’s magnificent biography, it will sit well beside it.
review 2: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, well-known and respected artists, have their lives and art recounted in this biography. It starts out strong and is quite interesting - but then it started getting redundant and tedious, jumping around in time. There are beautiful reprints of their work in the back, but it would have been better to have incorporated them directly into the text. It has a beautiful cover.The back of the book contains paintings, a timeline, notes, bibliography, and an index. It does not list any additional resources, however. less
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Phenomenal. Makes we want to pick up a comprehensive biography of Frida's life and art.
Top Ten Arts Books for Youth 2014 (Booklist)
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for upper elementary to middle school
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