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Frida Kahlo


Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was a Mexican painter often associated with the European Surrealists as well as with her husband, Mexican muralist Diego Rivera.  She was noted for her intense autobiographical paintings.  Kahlo's work was intimate, personal, and in the tradition of easel painting.  She painted the events of her life with symbolic elements and situations, creating a dreamlike reality, frighteningly real but fantastic and magical.  Injured in a bus accident at the age of 18, Kahlo was disabled for life.  After numerous operations to correct her spinal and internal injuries, she eventually became an invalid prior to her death at the age of 47.


LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • Kahlo, Frida (Subject)
  • Women Artists Mexico (Subject)


Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • ND259
  • ND255 .F75
  • N6550
  • N8354


Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Burke, Marcus B.  Mexican Art Masterpieces. 1998. 

                        Call Number:  N6550 .B87 1998

  • Heller, Nancy G. Women Artists. 2000.

                         Call Number:  N8354 .N38 2000

  • Rummel, Jack. Frida Kahlo: A Spiritual Biography. 2000.

                        Call Number:  ND259 .K33 R86 2000

  • Tibol, Raquel. Frida Kahlo: An Open Life. 1993.

                       Call Number:  ND259 .K33 T513 1993

  • White, Anthony (Ed.). Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism. 2001.

                      Call Number:  ND255 .F75 2001


Reference Materials

  • Barnitz, Jacqueline.  Twentieth-Century Art of Latin America. 2001.

                  Call Number:  REF N6502.5 .B36 2001

○  Pgs. 9, 107-112, 239-240, 300

  • Dictionary of Art.

                   Call Number:  REF N31 .D5 1996

○  Vol. 17, pg. 721

  • Dictionary of Women Artists.

                   Call Number:  REF N8354 .D53 1997

○  Vol. 2, pgs. 759-762

  • Latin Americian Art in the Twentieth Century.

                 Call Number:  REF N6502.5 .L374 1996

○  Pgs. 27, 30, 35

  • Scott, John F. Latin American Art: Ancient to Modern. 1999.

                  Call Number:  REF N6502 .L367 1999

○  Pgs. 216-218, 225



  • Frida Kahlo. 1983.

                     Call Number:  AV VIDEO ND259 .K33 F74


Research Databases

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  • Academic Search Complete
  • Art Full Text
  • Biography Resource Center



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Last Revised on November 20, 2021


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