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Frida a biography of a Mexican painter was the work of author Hayden Herrera First printed in 1983 by Harper Collins this book was reprinted in 2002 Herrera received help from the Graduate School of the City University of New York as well as a grant from the Art History Program Dissertation Fund Hayden Herrera an art historian intrigued by the complex and contradictive life of Frida Kahlo felt the desire to record and perfect an autobiography in tribute to the woman Well aware of the myths that are full of contradictions and vague Herrera puts out the truth assured that the truth will not dismiss the myth that Frida created herself Herrera put together a chronological account of this life and included important aspects that add to the credibility of the book She uses excerpts from Fridas diary her letters and interviews as well as her paintings The book is full of Fridas paintings and short descriptions of them Hayden Herrera has produced an exhaustively researched study of the Mexican painters life loves and artistic ambitions The turmoil that plagued her life early on affected her until the day she died At the young age of 18 Frida was in a horrible accident that left her in pain in constant threat of infection and unable to bear children On September 17 1925 as Frida was traveling home from school on the bus with her then boyfriend Alejandro Goes Arias the course of Fridas life changed forever when the bus she was riding in was hit by a trolley car During the accident a metal rod punctured Fridas abdomen It also left her with a broken spinal column a broken collarbone broken ribs a broken pelvis 11 fractures in her right leg her right foot was dislocated and crushed and her shoulder was out of joint For a month Frida was forced to stay flat on her back encased in a plaster cast Fridas
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