The Heart: Frida Kahlo in Paris

The Heart: Frida Kahlo in Paris

Marc Petitjean, Adriana Hunter

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This intimate account offers a new, unexpected understanding of the artist’s work and of the vibrant 1930s surrealist scene.
 
In 1938, just as she was leaving Mexico for her first solo exhibition in New York, Frida Kahlo was devastated to learn from her husband, Diego Rivera, that he intended to divorce her. This latest blow followed a long series of betrayals, most painful of all his affair with her beloved younger sister, Cristina. In early 1939, anxious and adrift, Kahlo traveled from the United States to France—her only trip to Europe, and the beginning of a unique period of her life when she was enjoying success on her own.
 
Now, for the first time, this previously overlooked part of her story is brought to light in exquisite detail. Marc Petitjean takes the reader to Paris, where Kahlo spends her days alongside luminaries such as Pablo Picasso, André Breton, Dora Maar, and Marcel Duchamp.
 
Using Kahlo’s whirlwind romance with the author’s father, Michel Petitjean, as a jumping-off point, The Heart: Frida Kahlo in Paris provides a striking portrait of the artist and an inside look at the history of one of her most powerful, enigmatic paintings.


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Marc Petitjean:
Marc Petitjean is a writer, filmmaker, and photographer. He has directed several documentaries, including From Hiroshima to Fukushima (2016), on Dr. Shuntaro Hida, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima; Trésor vivant, about a Japanese kimono painter; and Zones grises, on his own search for information about the life of his father, Michel Petitjean, after his death.

Adriana Hunter studied French and Drama at the University of London. She has translated more than eighty books, including Véronique Olmi’s Bakhita and Hervé Le Tellier’s Eléctrico W, winner of the French-American Foundation’s 2013 Translation Prize in Fiction. She lives in Kent, England.


Marc Petitjean is a writer, filmmaker, and photographer. He has directed several documentaries, including From Hiroshima to Fukushima (2016), on Dr. Shuntaro Hida, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima; Trésor vivant, about a Japanese kimono painter; and Zones grises, on his own search for information about the life of his father, Michel Petitjean, after his death.

Adriana Hunter studied French and Drama at the University of London. She has translated more than eighty books, including Véronique Olmi’s Bakhita and Hervé Le Tellier’s Eléctrico W, winner of the French-American Foundation’s 2013 Translation Prize in Fiction. She lives in Kent, England.

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