Frida Kahlo and San Francisco
This book marks the triumphant return of Frida Kahlo to San Francisco, the city where her artistic life began to unfold. Kahlo’s sojourns to the United States were brief, but formative. It was in the California city – the first she visited in the US – that she ventured into a new world beyond the scope of Coyoacán, Mexico City, and Cuernavaca. Kahlo first visited San Francisco in 1930 with her husband Diego Rivera and stayed for a year. It was love at first sight. She appreciated the beauty of the city and relished its ethnic diversity. Kahlo began to fashion her indigenous (and now iconic) Mexican identity. She refined her sartorial flair, enhanced her political and social worldview, and began to paint seriously. The splendid catalogue includes essays exploring Kahlo’s role as an artist and her time in San Francisco, as well as a selection of artworks by the artist and photographs of her.