Frida Kahlo didn't just write in her diary—she also drew in it. Learn more about her through some of her entries.
Frida found that writing, as well as painting, was useful not just for communicating with her family and friends—as can be seen in her letters—but also as a way of connecting with her own feelings, conveying her ideas on her artistic practice, and expressing her worries and pains, both physical and emotional.
Frida rejected claims that she was a surrealist, despite the fact that the father of the surrealist movement, André Breton, counted her among its ranks. However, in her introduction to Frida Kahlo's diary, the curator and historian Sarah M. Lowe explains that many of the drawings on its pages reference certain aspects of Breton's "Surrealist Manifesto," which discusses automatism as a way of going beyond the rational mind, in order to set the unconscious mind free.
As part of this automatic action, through writing or drawing, Frida combined various different themes. This page, for example, begins by evoking the date of the anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, later including the phrase "Tree of hope, stand fast" (which also appears in one of her paintings), and then appears to dedicate a secret message to Diego.