Painting Frida Kahlo “the girl with the necklace”, first shown to the public, sold at auction for $ 1.8 million
Picture of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s “Girl with necklace” (1929), written by the artist in 22 years and never before exhibited publicly, were sold at Sotheby’s auction in new York for $ 1.8 million.
The last 60 years the portrait of an unknown woman was in California in the house of the former assistant Kahlo, which in 1955, a year after the death of the artist received a canvas as a gift from her husband, the artist Diego Rivera. Almost all the time the current owner of the paintings, which turned 90 years old, kept a little-known masterpiece in a dark room.
Kahlo is perhaps today the most famous artist in the world. It has an absolute price record for works by Latin American masters, has ever put up for auction. In may of this year, the 1939 painting “Two Nudes in the forest” was sold at Christie’s auction for $ 8 million.
During his lifetime, and after the death of Kahlo, her creativity was enriched with new exotic legends. For the Russians, this name is inseparably linked with the name of Soviet revolutionary Leon Trotsky, who in 1937, fleeing from the Soviet Union, found refuge in Mexico, in the house of Frida Kahlo and her husband artist Diego Rivera, where he formed a love triangle Rivera, Frida, and Trotsky.
Rare footage of stay of Leon Trotsky in the house of Frida Kahlo can be seen in this video.
A new exhibition of paintings by Frida Kahlo, the Russians will only see in 2019
Two major exhibitions related to Mexico, will be organized in Russia in the second half of 2019.
The first will take place at the Pushkin Museum and will be linked to one of the main cultural trends of Mexico and Frida Kahlo, but not in its traditional conjunction with Diego Rivera. As the Director of the State Museum of fine arts named after Pushkin Marina Loshak, they will be separated by the conventional theme of “Day of death” (referring to the Mexican holiday day of the dead) and Frida Kahlo is in the center of this theme.
As noted by RIA “Novosti”, the day of the dead has Aztec origins. The Aztecs celebrated the feast in honor of the children and the dead, and the main figure at the festival was Mr. Dead – Mictlantecutli. This holiday it is customary to visit cemeteries, but even this sad ceremony filled with joy and positive emotions. It is believed that these days the dead have to deliver as much joy. This topic has been widely displayed in Mexican art.
The second exhibition of Diego Rivera and the tradition which connects it with the Soviet art, held in the Tretyakov gallery.
Director of the Tretyakov gallery Zelfira Tregulova said that the exhibition of the Mexican muralists, including Rivera, will present their art through large-scale sketches for the frescoes, fragments of frescoes, allowing to compare with what did the Soviet artists of the 20-30-ies of the last century.