Book Summary: Bedtime Biography_ Frida by Hayden Herrera

Bedtime Biography_ Frida by Hayden Herrera is a book that tells the story of the life of Frida Kahlo, a Mexican artist known for her self-portraits, her intense love for Diego Rivera, and her passion for Mexico. The book explores the life of Frida, from her childhood to her death, and how her experiences and struggles influenced her art.

Chapter Summary

  1. Chapter 1: Childhood and Early Life
  2. In this chapter, the author introduces Frida’s childhood and early life. Frida was born in 1907 in Mexico City, Mexico. She was the youngest of four daughters of a photographer father and a mother who was a dressmaker. Frida’s childhood was filled with love and affection from her parents, but she was also very sickly and had to be homeschooled for several years. Frida’s health problems continued into her teenage years, and she was often bedridden for long periods of time.

  3. Chapter 2: Discovery of Art
  4. In this chapter, the author discusses how Frida discovered her love for art. Frida’s father was a photographer, and he encouraged her to paint and draw. Frida also took art classes at a local school, where she met Diego Rivera, a famous Mexican artist. Frida and Diego became close friends, and he helped her develop her skills as an artist.

  5. Chapter 3: Love and Marriage
  6. In this chapter, the author explores Frida’s relationship with Diego Rivera. Frida and Diego met in 1928, and they quickly became lovers. They were married in 1929, but their marriage was tumultuous. Frida was jealous of Diego’s other lovers, and Diego was often unfaithful. Despite their problems, they remained married until Diego’s death in 1957.

  7. Chapter 4: Travels and Inspiration
  8. In this chapter, the author discusses Frida’s travels and how they influenced her art. Frida and Diego traveled extensively throughout Mexico and the United States. Frida was inspired by the beauty of the landscapes and the people she encountered on her travels. She often painted scenes from her travels, and her art became more vibrant and colorful.

  9. Chapter 5: Pain and Suffering
  10. In this chapter, the author explores Frida’s physical and emotional pain. Frida suffered from several health problems throughout her life, including polio, which left her with a limp and severe pain in her legs. She also had a terrible accident in 1925 when she was hit by a trolley car, which left her with chronic pain and a disability. Frida’s pain and suffering were often reflected in her art, which became more somber and dark.

  11. Chapter 6: Legacy
  12. In this chapter, the author discusses Frida’s legacy as an artist. Frida’s art was often controversial, and she was criticized for her use of color and her portrayal of Mexican culture. However, her art has become increasingly popular over time, and she is now recognized as one of the most important artists of the 20th century.


    Bedtime Biography_ Frida by Hayden Herrera is a fascinating book that explores the life of Frida Kahlo, a talented artist who overcame great obstacles to create beautiful works of art. Frida’s life was filled with pain and suffering, but she used her art to express her emotions and to inspire others. This book is a must-read for anyone who is interested in art, Mexican culture, or the life of Frida Kahlo.

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