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On Thursday, February 25, H.U.E.L.L.A.S. was joined by the Modern Language Department in hosting a Frida Kahlo edition of Café con Leche that included a conversation and trip to the MFA to view Frida Kahlo’s first ever sold painting, Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia).
The MFA recently purchased the painting and it was on display in the museum until March 1, 2016. This is the first painting by the artist to be on display in the MFA and the first Kahlo painting acquired by any art museum in New England. It was on display in a special presentation in the Carol Vance Wall Rotunda. After conservation treatment it will be re-installed in the Art of the Americas Wing.
“The MFA’s new Frida Khalo painting is a step forward for diversity within the museum. An inspiring piece from an inspiring artist, adding “Dos Mujeres” to the America’s collection will help empower Latinos in Boston,” said Carolina Santamaria ’16.
“It was so fun to share a great part of Mexican culture with students at Emmanuel and hopefully it got people interested in Latin American Studies. It is my hope that through holding events such as these it will create an excitement for the Latin American studies programs at Emmanuel,” said Nathalie Rivas ’17.
Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia) 1928, is a portrait of Kahlo’s beloved family housemaids at the Caza Azul. The intent of this painting was to capture Salvadora and Herminia as individuals rather than workers. Kahlo did not include their aprons or any details that would hint to the profession of the subjects of this painting.
Frida Kahlo was a celebrated Mexican realist painter best known for her portraits. She was born on July 6, 1907 in a small town on the outskirts of Mexico City. She lived in the La Casa Azul (The Blue House) which is now an art and history museum dedicated to Kahlo’s life.
Anna Topping ’17 is a staff writer and the Social Media Editor of The Hub. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @annaytopping.