A critic once wrote that it was impossible to separate Frida Kahlo’s life from her work. In her striking self-portraits, Kahlo laid her emotions bare for the world to see, from the physical pain of miscarriage to the anguish she suffered over her husband’s affair with her sister, conjuring with ease the female emotions that Tracey Emin tries to stir time and time again. In Frida Kahlo: Face to Face, feminist artist Judy Chicago and art historian Frances Borzello analyse her work in depth, considering her influence as woman, artist, campaigner and inspiration to a whole generation of female artists. The cover of this full-colour book has been designed to look like a Mexican altarpiece, but don’t relegate it to the coffee table.

Prestel Publishing, hardback, £32 from here.