Sunday, May 21, 2006

Frida's Colors

Frida's Colors
page 15 of her diary, circa 1945

-" I'll try out the pencils
sharpened to the point of infinity
which always sees ahead:
Green - good warm light
Magenta - Aztec. old TLAPALI
blood of prickly pear, the
brightest and oldest
color of mole, of leaves becoming
madness sickness fear
part of the sun and of happiness
electricity and purity love
nothing is black-really nothing
leaves, sadness, science, the whole
of Germany is this color
more madness and mysetry
all the ghosts wear
clothes of this color, or at
least their underclothes
color of bad advertisements
and of good business

distance. Tenderness
can also be this blue

Well, who knows! "...

- found in "The Diary Of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait" published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. and LA VACA INDEPENDIENTE S.A. de C.V.-2005.
The book is a faithful facsimile of Frida Kahlo's journal written towards the end of her life and includes 338 illustrations, including 167 plates in full color. The forward, written by Carlos Fuentes, is a brilliant snapshot back in time to set the journal back in its original frame of war and turmoil and occasional flashes of extreme beauty.

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