Illustrator Tyto Alba explores Frida Kahlo’s relationship with Chavela Vargas

Spanish illustrator Tyto Alba explores Frida Kahlo’s personal life and her relationship with Costa Rican singer Chavela Vargas in the graphic novel “The Blue House.” The title of the graphic novel (illustrated in the style of comics) is in reference to Frida’s home in Coyoacan, which was known as “La Casa Azul.” The book was narrated by Chavela, talking about experiences and shared memories between both women. Though Chavela was born in Costa Rica, she is usually associated with Mexican ‘ranchero’ music and its culture. The recognized singer passed away in 2012, at the age of 93. SEE ALSO: Frida Kahlo will bloom at a NY botanical garden It was long rumored that Kahlo and Vargas engaged in a bisexual romantic affair. In 2009, the “Los Angeles Times” reported that a diary purportedly belonging to Kahlo described the painter’s intense attraction to the singer. The author revealed that his decision to choose Vargas as the narrator of  “La Casa Azul,” occurred after he noticed inconsistencies in the statements the late singer made about her stay in Kahlo’s home. “In older interviews, she said some things and in recent ones, she said others,” said Alba, the author of the book. “In some she said she spent a week in the ‘Blue House’ and in others she said it had been years. There is no documentation to verify the relationship.” According to the LatinTimes, Frida Kahlo had a successful artistic career with her acclaimed artwork, earning accolades around the world. The artist’s fascinating personal life was adapted to the big screen in the film “Frida” in 2002, and on stage in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in “Frida Kahlo: Viva la vida!” in 2008. Frida suffered from several medical conditions throughout her life including a near fatal bus accident in 1925 that left her in severe pain and unable to bear children. She died at the age of 47 and was cremated upon her wishes. The urn containing her remains resides in “La Casa Azul,” which was turned into a museum in 1958 and displays several works of art and personal artifacts from her life. SEE ALSO: Frida Kahlo dresses to be shown in exhibition in Mexico CityThe post Illustrator Tyto Alba explores Frida Kahlo’s relationship with Chavela Vargas appeared first on Voxxi.

Spanish illustrator Tyto Alba explores Frida Kahlo’s personal life and her relationship with Costa Rican singer Chavela Vargas in the graphic novel “The Blue House.”

The title of the graphic novel (illustrated in the style of comics) is in reference to Frida’s home in Coyoacan, which was known as “La Casa Azul.” The book was narrated by Chavela, talking about experiences and shared memories between both women.

Though Chavela was born in Costa Rica, she is usually associated with Mexican ‘ranchero’ music and its culture. The recognized singer passed away in 2012, at the age of 93.

SEE ALSO: Frida Kahlo will bloom at a NY botanical garden

Frida Kahlo pictured with lady friend and rumored lover Chavela Vargas. (AP Photo/Colección Museo Frida Kahlo, Lucienne Bloch)

It was long rumored that Kahlo and Vargas engaged in a bisexual romantic affair. In 2009, the “Los Angeles Times” reported that a diary purportedly belonging to Kahlo described the painter’s intense attraction to the singer.

The author revealed that his decision to choose Vargas as the narrator of  “La Casa Azul,” occurred after he noticed inconsistencies in the statements the late singer made about her stay in Kahlo’s home.

“In older interviews, she said some things and in recent ones, she said others,” said Alba, the author of the book. “In some she said she spent a week in the ‘Blue House’ and in others she said it had been years. There is no documentation to verify the relationship.”

Frida Kahlo-Botanical_Baid
This undated photo provided by the New York Botanical Garden shows a 1940 painting entitled “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird,” by Frida Kahlo.   (AP Photo/Frida Kahlo via The New York Botanical Garden)

According to the LatinTimes, Frida Kahlo had a successful artistic career with her acclaimed artwork, earning accolades around the world. The artist’s fascinating personal life was adapted to the big screen in the film “Frida” in 2002, and on stage in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in “Frida Kahlo: Viva la vida!” in 2008.

Frida suffered from several medical conditions throughout her life including a near fatal bus accident in 1925 that left her in severe pain and unable to bear children. She died at the age of 47 and was cremated upon her wishes.

The urn containing her remains resides in “La Casa Azul,” which was turned into a museum in 1958 and displays several works of art and personal artifacts from her life.

SEE ALSO: Frida Kahlo dresses to be shown in exhibition in Mexico City

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