Confined to bed by poliomyelitis for nine months at the age of seven and later victim of a bus accident with terrible consequences, Frida Kahlo went in and out of hospital for all her life and underwent as many as 32 surgical operations. Nonetheless she never lost her enthusiasm, her will to love and have any kind of experience. Her absolutely unique, pitiless and courageous art allowed her to cope with terrible challenges and win. Through painting she expressed pain and depression, but also joy, passion and love. The essential text by Jonah Winter unties the knots intertwining in Frida’s biography and Ana Juan’s imagination meets the art by Frida Kahlo creating vivacious and colourful images. There are many references to the self-portraits painted by the Mexican artist but here their harshness is softened by the prevailing soft lines and by a fairy-tale setting peopled by a court of funny animals and incarnations of the sun and the moon. Represented first as a child and then as an adult, Frida is portrayed in statuesque poses and wearing gaudy clothes that – as in her paintings – capture the observer’s attention. A key detail of the image we all know, the eyebrows soldering between the eyes that are often closed functions like the third eye opened on herself. Sometimes they take the form of a bird, thus recalling the flight of imagination, the freedom that has always distinguished the life and art of Frida Kahlo.
A moving and sweet tribute to one of the most original and influential artists of the Twentieth century and an encouragement for everybody to overcome the complications of life through creativity.
Ana Juan is a Spanish illustrator, author and painter. Born in Valencia in 1961, she moved to Madrid in the early 1980s. She exhibits her works and publishes her books all over the world – Spain, United States, Japan. Well acknowledged for her original, melancholic, romantic and sometimes merciless interpretation of reality and its stories, Ana has illustrated several covers for the New Yorker, editorials for El País and the covers of many novels by Isabel Allende and others classics of the world literature.
Ana Juan was awarded – among other prizes – the Ezra Jack Keats Prize for best new illustrator (The Night Eater, 2005), the Premio Junceda de Ilustración (For you are a Kenyan Child, 2007) and, in 2010, the prestigious Premio Nacional de Ilustración by the Spanish Ministry of Culture.
Books published by #logosedizioni: Amantes (from which the following short stories have also been individually published: Different Love, Faithful Love, Fickle Love, Final Love, Unknown Love and Weekly Love (all available also in Italian, Spanish and French), Circus, L’isola, Snowhite, Sorelle, Postcards Ana Juan, Demeter (also available in Italian, French and Spanish), Promises (also available in Italian, French and Spanish), Complete Works, Carmilla, Lacrimosa (also available in Italian and French), Frida and Anna dei miracoli.
Jonah Winter lives in Brookyn, New York, and is a poet, painter and author of children’s books. His first book, entitled Diego, is dedicated to the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Illustrated by his mother, Jeanette Winter, he was listed by Ruminator Review among the 100 best children’s books published in America in the Twentieth Century. His most recent publications include Fair Ball!: 14 Great Stars From Baseball’s Negro Leagues e Once Upon a Time in Chicago: The Story of Benny Goodman.
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