“Painted in blue, inside out, it looks to host a little bit of sky,” modernist Mexican poet Carlos Pellicer when wrote of La Casa Azul, the longtime property of Frida Kahlo. It is wherever the artist was born, where she grew up, and where by she returned as her profession as a entire world-well-known artist flourished at the exact same time as her marriage with Diego Rivera fell apart. And it’s wherever, at the age of 47, she died from pulmonary embolism soon after a unpleasant lifetime plagued with health issues. La Casa Azul wasn’t just her residence, it was the “artistic and aesthetic universe that nurtured Kahlo’s work”, explains art historian Luis-Martín Lozano.
When Lozano wrote Frida Kahlo: The Total Paintings – a in depth chronicle that pairs in-depth analyses of Kahlo’s will work with intimate facts from her private diaries and archives, released this September by Taschen – he understood her story was not finish with no that of her property. So tucked within its in depth internet pages are quite a few interesting and in no way-before-observed photographs of the cobalt compound.
Some visuals present off its character-filled, eccentric interior detailing: Kahlo adorned Casa Azul with anything from ancient Aztec artefacts to native plants and Beaux Arts objets observed at flea marketplaces. Other individuals display the artist present in her individual oasis, Rivera generally by her aspect. (“The photographs of Kahlo and Rivera in the Casa Azul invite the reader into this remarkable and complex romance,” states Lozano.)
As a outcome, the reader will get an unprecedented glimpse into the historic haven of not only Kahlo and Rivera, but a complete cohort of the mid-20th century’s risky vanguard: Trotsky lived there for two many years after his expulsion from Russia and, for a brief time period, so did Nobel Prize in Literature winner Octavio Paz. “Kahlo built an idyllic and aesthetic setting at the Casa Azul,” states Lozano. “It was a unique, cosmopolitan natural environment and a eyesight of universal lifestyle.”
Today, La Casa Azul is a museum. 1000’s flock there each day to wander close to its 10 rooms. Some have been retrofitted into gallery spaces, though many others are made to surface the similar as they were when Kahlo died in 1954. With Kahlo’s pretty much mythical standing as an artist – “Fridamania” is nonetheless going powerful, even virtually 70 years after her death – for a lot of, a visit is almost a religious working experience: “La Casa Azul has turned into to some degree of a pilgrimage of people wanting to experience Kahlo herself,” Lozano suggests. “The images in the ebook allow for the reader to genuinely enter this universe.”
Beneath, see photos of Casa Azul – numerous of which have by no means been found just before.