MFA Acquires 'Dos Mujeres' By Iconic Mexican Painter, Frida Kahlo

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“Dos Mujeres (Salvador y Herminia)" (1928), left, photograph of Frida Kahlo. (Courtesy MFA Boston)
“Dos Mujeres (Salvador y Herminia)" (1928), left, photograph of Frida Kahlo. (Courtesy MFA Boston)

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has acquired a painting by the iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

It's the first work by Kahlo to enter the MFA's collection, or any New England museum collection.

Kahlo's biography was the subject of the 2002 movie, "Frida." She grappled with debilitating health issues and a tumultuous marriage. Alfred Molina played Diego Rivera, her husband.

"Her work is acid and tender, hard as steel and fine as a butterfly's wing," said Molina, playing Rivera, in a final scene. "Loveable as a smile, cruel as the bitterness of life."


Sebastian Smee, Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic for The Boston Globe. He tweets @SebastianSmee


The ARTery: MFA Acquires New England’s First Frida Kahlo Painting

  • "The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has acquired the first painting that celebrated 20th century Mexican artist Frida Kahlo ever sold. It’s also the first Kahlo to join the MFA’s collection, and the only Kahlo in a New England museum."

The Boston Globe: Too Hot To Handle: Kahlo’s Raw Intensity, Euphoric Impact

  • "Frida Kahlo is more important to more people around the world than almost any artist I can think of. Van Gogh? Matisse, maybe? Vermeer? Leonardo?"

The Boston Globe: MFA Acquires Rare Work By Frida Kahlo

  • "Moving at a breakneck institutional clip, the Museum of Fine Arts has acquired a rare early painting by renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo — a first for the MFA, and the only known work by the artist to enter the permanent collection of a New England museum."

This segment aired on January 26, 2016.


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