The heart : Frida Kahlo in Paris

by Petitjean, Marc,

Format: Print Book 2020
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In 1939, devastated after the revelation that her husband had had an affair with her sister, Frida Kahlo left her home in Mexico and headed for Paris to rebuild her life and rediscover her art. Now, for the first time, this missing part of Kahlo's story is brought to light in exquisite detail. Marc Petitjean takes the reader to Paris with Kahlo, where she spends her time alongside luminaries such as Pablo Picasso, Andre Breton, Dora Maar, and Marcel Duchamp. Using Kahlo's whirlwind romance with the author's father, Michel Petitjean, as a jumping-off point, The Heart provides a striking portrait of the artist as she learns how to love - and ultimately how to paint - again.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "While writer and documentary filmmaker Petitjean was growing up in Paris, a disturbing painting by Frida Kahlo hung on a wall in his childhood home. The Heart is a self-portrait in which the artist has no hands; a large hole in her chest is pierced by a golden rod; and an enormous human heart bleeds onto the ground. Spurred by a query from a Mexican writer about an affair between Petitjean's father, Michel, and Kahlo, when she was in Paris in 1939, the author investigated. He now introduces his colorful father, Michel, as an ethnographer, agronomist, left wing militant, and journalist who moved in artist circles, and tells the story of how Michel and Kahlo met as Spain fell to Franco, Hitler began his ascent, and the surrealists, led by André Breton, who wooed Kahlo to Paris, dictated artistic tastes. The first Latin American artist to have a painting purchased by the Louvre, Kahlo sharpened her artistic mission during her time in Paris, and never saw her French lover again. Petitjean's unique, frank, and intriguing account details with precision and wonder a rarely examined chapter in Kahlo's extraordinary life.--Donna Seaman Copyright 2020 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Documentary filmmaker Petitjean examines the little-known story of Frida Kahlo's time in pre-WWII France and her whirlwind romance with his father, Michel Petitjean, in this captivating biography. Preparing to leave Mexico in 1938 for her first solo exhibition in New York, Kahlo discovered that her husband, painter Diego Rivera, was having an affair and intended to divorce her. Seeking consolation, Kahlo sailed to France in early 1939 at the invitation of surrealist Andre Breton, who had recognized her talent during a 1938 visit to Mexico. While in Paris, Kahlo socialized with Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, and Elsa Schiaparelli; celebrated the exhibition of her work with other Mexican art at the Pierre Colle Gallery; and enjoyed a passionate affair with art journalist Michel Petitjean, before giving him her self-portrait of heartbreak called The Heart, "so you don't forget me." What emerges is a perceptive portrait of an artist finding herself and learning to love and paint again. Fans of Kahlo's art and of the surrealist movement will want to give this thoughtful and illuminating work a look. (Apr.)Correction: An earlier version of this review misspelled the author's last name."
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Additional Information
Subjects Kahlo, Frida.
Kahlo, Frida -- Friends and associates.
Painters -- Mexico -- Biography.
Expatriate painters -- France -- Paris -- Biography.
Publisher New York :2020
Other Titles Coeur.
Contributors Hunter, Adriana, translator.
Language English
Notes "Originally published in 2018 as Le Coeur: Frida Kahlo à Paris by Arléa, Paris."
Description 195 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781590519905
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