Portraits Of Frida Kahlo Taken By Her Lover And Her Best Friend

Following the huge success of the exhibition Mexique at the Grand Palais in Paris, the show is now travelling across the Atlantic to the Dallas Museum of Art. Running concurrently with this exhibition, PDNB Gallery have also decided to organize an event entitled Frida Kahlo dedicated to one of Mexico's most pre-eminent artists. The exhibition will feature a series of pictures of the famous painter.


Frida, 1933. (Photo: Lucienne Bloch/The Estate and PDNB Gallery)

According to French photography website L'Œil de la Photographie, a large part of the images were taken by Lucienne Bloch, a friend of the artist. The two women met through Kahlo's partner Diego Rivera and quickly formed a solid friendship, with Bloch remaining by Kahlo's side during some of the most difficult moments of her famously turbulent life.

The exhibition also presents other black and white images by Hungarian-American photographer Nickolas Muray. Muray was Kahlo's lover for almost ten years. This exhibition assembles some of the most intimate photographs of the artist taken by her lover and her best friend and reveal her as an eccentric character, with a fierce determination and a piercing regard. Taken within her studio, this images paint a portrait of a strong, talented woman, who stares directly down the lens. Not only has Kahlo become an iconic figure within modern painting, but also a huge feminist influence.


Frida 1933. (Photo Lucienne Bloch/The Estate and PDNB Gallery)

Frida devant l'une de ses œuvres, 1933. © Lucienne Bloch/The Estate et PDNB Gallery

Frida in front of Unity Panel by Diego Rivera, 1933. (Photo: Lucienne Bloch/The Estate and PDNB Gallery)

Lucienne Bloch, Frida at the Barbizon Plaza Hotel, New York City, NY, 1932, Courtesy of the Estate and PDNB Gallery, Dallas, TX

Frida at the Barbizon Plaza Hotel, 1933. (Photo: Lucienne Bloch/The Estate and PDNB Gallery)

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