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Wearing the white huipil with the lavender tassel, hiding my amputated leg in red-leather boots, I wheel the wheelchair to the Blue House studio that Diego so lovingly built for me.
I dip the brush in blood-red paint and, embracing life with all its light, I print on a watermelon cut openlike I am Viva la vida! a hymn to nature and life.
Frida Kahlo, a native of Mexico, is described here in biographical poems accompanied by her own artwork. Both text and images reveal the anguish and joy of her two marriages to muralist Diego Rivera, her life-long suffering from a crippling bus accident, and her thirst for life, even as she tasted death. Her favorite motto was: Viva la vida! (Long live life!)
Back matter includes excerpts from Fridas diary and letters, a prose biography, a chronology of the artists life, a glossary of Spanish words, sources, and notes.