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The Photographic Albums

Frida Kahlo—An Intimate Portrait

This exhibition provides rare and moving insight into the personal life of one of the 20th century’s most iconic artists. Through 115 photographs selected from her private albums, An Intimate Portrait allows us to see Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) through the eyes of friends, family (including her father, professional photographer Guillermo Kahlo), and other noted photographic artists like Tina Modotti, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, and Nickolas Muray. Like all family albums, these photographs tell a story; they illuminate her turbulent marriage to famed muralist Diego Rivera (1886–1957), commemorate friendships and happy times, and chronicle her pain. The photographs are also evidence of the way Kahlo crafted and refined her world-famous image.

The exhibition is organized by Vicente Wolf Associates from Vicente Wolf’s collection.

Major exhibition program support is provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation.


This exhibition is also supported in part by: 
Art Conservation Etc.
Elizabeth Barker
Barbara and David Burstin
Drs. Athan and Lydia Contis Georgiades
Christi Davis
Duquesne University Department of History, Public History Program
Caroline Hayes and Marlene Dorneich-Hayes
Robert M. Hernandez and Karen L. Blumen
Louise M. Herrle
Ms. Susan E. Hunter
Sibby and Duff McCrady
Shelley Roisen
Millie and Gary Ryan
Alice Snyder
Melanie Widmann, Mimi Casa | CTG Publishing 
Andrew Wolfinger and Joan Clark Davis

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Program Information

Frida Kahlo—An Intimate Portrait: The Photographic Albums

Dates: March 6, 2021 - May 30, 2021
Location: The Frick Art Museum

Above, from left to right: 
Anonymous. Frida Kahlo drinking from a bottle on a boat, Xochimilco, Mexico City, c. 1931. Gelatin silver print, 8 1/2 x 6 in. The Vicente Wolf Collection.
Carl van Vechten (American, 1880–1964). Frida Kahlo with Tehuantepec gourd on her head, 1932. Gelatin silver print, 8 1/2 x 5 5/8 in. The Vicente Wolf Collection.
Nickolas Muray (American, b. Hungary, 1892-1965). Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Tizapán, 1937 Gelatin silver print, 10 x 8 in. The Vicente Wolf Collection. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives
Anonymous. Frida Kahlo on a boat, Xochimilco, Mexico City, no date. Gelatin silver print, 7 7/8 x 4 15/16 in. The Vicente Wolf Collection.
Anonymous. Frida Kahlo, Blue House, Coyoacán, Mexico City, no date. Gelatin silver print, 5 1/8 x 4 3/8 in. The Vicente Wolf Collection.
Guillermo Kahlo (German, active Mexico, 1872–1941). Frida Kahlo, 1932. Gelatin silver print, 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. The Vicente Wolf Collection.
Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902–2002). Frida Kahlo (with globe), Coyoacán, Mexico City, 1938. Gelatin silver print 6 5/8 x 4 7/8 in. The Vicente Wolf Collection.

Homepage: Nickolas Muray. Frida Kahlo, Nickolas Muray, Rosa Covarrubias, and Cristina Kahlo on the balcony of the Blue House, 1939. Photograph and negative, negative 2 x 2 in., print 8 x 10 in. The Vicente Wolf Collection. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

Archival images from the Vicente Wolf Collection photographed by Peter Riesett, courtesy of Pointed Leaf Press.

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