On 1953, Frida Caro was preparing an exhibition to draw an invitation letter on the rose
Pink card on her bed
This is an exciting moment for 46-year-
Old artist, drawing almost every day since a cart
The car accident ended a medical study two months after her 18 th birthday, leaving her in bed for two years.
But despite her tenacity-she has survived more than 30 surgeries in her spine and pelvis-her husband, entrepreneur Diego Rivera is worried that she is not in good health and cannot attend the surgery.
At the last minute, he organized her to be sent to the gallery when she was four years old.
Poster of canopy bed
From the mat, dressed in her typical gorgeous traditional Tehuana costume, she sat in court and was elated about turning around --out.
She said to a reporter, "I'm broke.
But as long as I can draw, I am very happy to live.
The next year, after a few months in hospital, Carlo died in a coma.
Her last request after returning home was to move to a room with a better view;
She wants to see her garden.
Now a new book, The Garden of Frida Caro, is accompanied by an exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden, it shows how Caro's love for the plants and trees that grow there has energized her life and art.
In many ways, Casa Azul, also known as Blue House, is located in the Coyote district of Mexico City, where Carlo lives most of the time and its garden can count as one of her artworks.
Her father bought it in 1904-three years before she was born-when Rivera took over the mortgage in 1939.
She and Rivera have been renovating, expanding and redecorating for years
Imagine that both the House and the garden can express their width.
They have a wide range of taste and commitment to Mexico's philosophy.
Carlo cherishes plants in particular and uses her affinity for color to assemble flowerpots and plant beds, which she decorated with sculptures and rosters of ancient stones.
The photos at that time showed every wall, railing and pillar, with climbing vegetation everywhere, and plants in every architectural niche.
The garden is a comfortable and inspired place for Kalou;
It's an immersive world where she can think about her work or entertain friends.
In the pictures of Kalou and her Russian revolutionary loverleón Trotsky who we saw in exile in Mexico, there are several pictures of the two in the garden.
When she started teaching, she used it as an open
Her student's aerial classroom, nicknamed "Los Fridos" for their disciple"like devotion.
In the House, Carlo began to create fruit and flowers for Rivera.
On a big pine table in a sunny restaurant, she will arrange a wide variety of golden marig flowers, blue and white iris flowers, dahlias, calla Lily and Violet combinations.
The secret diary that Frieda Carlo likes to collect is well known.
She has accumulated thousands of items throughout her life, including porcelain tea sets, paper pots
Religious figures, rustic cooking vessels and hundreds of Pious paintings known as the former tin cansvotos.
But she also likes books, often inserting flowers on the pages of books.
Her work, the Leaves of grass (Leaves Whitman), is on display in the exhibition, with several bundles of dry Leaves and petals that have not been disturbed for many years.
Although most of her books are related to art and literature, there are copies of the guidelines in the field of plants, books on medicinal plants in Mexico, and even a Illustrated herbal handbook from 1552, the manual provides the first
Manual description of plants used by Aztecs;
The plants on its page perform well in Carlo's art.
In the era of Kalou, there was a great movement around the world about Mexico.
Although the country achieved independence from Spain in 1821 and experienced the turmoil of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1917)
When the resentment against youS.
Business interests have surfaced and it is still trying to shape an identity.
Art, Architecture and everyday lifeto-
The impact of Europe is still eclipsing everyday life.
Kalou is very interested in the cause of nationalism.
From 1907 to 1910, she changed the prescribed year of birth to match the year when the revolution began and worked to maintain the existence of Aboriginal art and ideals in her works and at home.
She built an Aztec with Rivera.
A pyramid was built in their garden and its terraced walls were used to display ancient artifacts.
They new the house.
Classical, European elements paint the walls in bright blue with traditional Mexican paint.
Original Garden imitation No. 19-
The European century's love for ferns and palm trees.
In addition to this, Carlo has grown a number of local plants, such as skyflower trees, cactus and prickly pears, which grow together with orange trees, apricot trees, papaya and pomegranate.
Many of these plants find her body-she almost always wears flowers through her hair-and her paintings.
Her childhood garden is in my grandparents, my parents and me (1936)
In her self
A portrait of a Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940)
She was surrounded by a wall of vegetation that could crush her.
The growth of these elephant ear plants can still be seen in Casa Azul today.
Her love of flowers, fruits and vegetables is most vivid in her still --life paintings.
She likes to highlight her Mexican traditions and ethnicity with local fruits and flowers.
"Not only did Mexican intellectuals rediscover local traditions and rituals, but they again discovered the natural world of Mexico, especially the plant world," said Adriana Zavala, the author of the book, said the director of the exhibition hall.
Kalou is familiar with the Dutch and the Spanish.
The tradition of life, these examples will appear with the arrival of the conqueror.
Magnolia's blooming paintings are one of her most beautiful interpretation of this type.
She is likely to model Magnolia, which is still growing in the yard.
But she drew it deeper.
The flower attracted her because its unopened shoots were like a heart-one of her loved ones, recalled by Spanish artist Joseph Bartolli, "Fruits are like flowers-they speak to us in provocative language and teach us what is hidden.
Carlo is fascinated by symbols and myths, and her portrayal of plants is often symbolic. Still Life (
To Samuel faster. (1951), for example (
Fastlicht is her dentist-she has a strong attachment to the doctor who attended her)
Full of species that produce male and female flowers on a plant.
These combinations of men and women, sun and moon, life and death often appear in her paintings, but their meaning is never very clear.
"Carlo's sense of humor is very witty," Zavala said . "
"So a painting of mango and cantaloupe can talk to people who are still --
Life traditions, but the way she separated the fruits gave them almost malicious or sexual qualities.
Sometimes they may have something to do with how she feels about death, but I don't think her work is fully biographical, not entirely malicious, and not entirely celebrated.
There will always be contradictions or balances.
Kalou, who grew up in Mexico City, has a beautiful public garden.
Her coyote neighborhood is known for its leafy squares and parks.
This is also a hot spot in gardening, especially a large nursery known as Coyote Viveros de coyoacan.
About a mile from her home is a well-known nursing home, where one of Mexico's leading surgeons, Dr. orelano Urrutia, turned the land into a dedicated health
Later, she and Rivera often visited those.
Known as the "floating garden" Aztecs, tourists and locals ride big, flat in southern Mexico City-
Pass through a series of shallow lakes and canals, passing through boats like the bottom of lace thick vegetation.
The rich should not be distressed by the exquisite love letter of Frieda Kalou, and one cannot help but imagine Kalou drawing outside and listening to the sound of parrots and her pet monkey.
But this is not the case.
"She is not a spontaneous, pleading person --
"Air artist," Zavala said.
"She is very meticulous, starting from the top right corner, slowly down and through with a very fine brush.
But I absolutely believe her garden can support her.
That's why she changed it.
I think this is the environment to cultivate her creativity.
"Garden of Frida Carlo "(Prestel, £22. 50)
Adriana Zavala is on sale at the Telegraph Bookstore for £ 19. 99 plus £1.
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