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May 5, 2015

Rare and Loving Photos of Frida Kahlo from the Last Years of Her Life in Mexico City

In 1950, photographer Gisèle Freund embarked on a two-week trip to Mexico, but she wouldn’t leave until two years later. There she met the legendary couple Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

Welcomed into their home, she immersed herself in their private lives and the cultural and artistic diversity of the country, taking hundreds of photographs.

These powerful photographs, among the last taken before Kahlo’s death, bear poignant witness to Frida’s beauty and talent.


Frida Kahlo at work, 1951—Photo: © Gisèle Freund / IMEC / Fonds MCC

Frida Kahlo at home in Mexico City, 1951—Photo: © Gisèle Freund / IMEC / Fonds MCC

Frida Kahlo in the garden of her house, La Casa Azul, in Coyoacán, Mexico City, 1951—Photo: © Gisèle Freund / IMEC / Fonds MCC

Photo: © Gisèle Freund / IMEC / Fonds MCC

Photo: © Gisèle Freund / IMEC / Fonds MCC

Frida Kahlo in her garden, 1951—Photo: © IMEC / Fonds MCC / Dist. Rmn / Photo Gisèle Freund

Frida Kahlo in front of the ornamental pool in her garden, 1951—Photo: © IMEC / Fonds MCC / Dist. Rmn / Photo Gisèle Freund

Frida Kahlo in her garden, 1951—Photo: © IMEC / Fonds MCC / Dist. Rmn / Photo Gisèle Freund

Frida Kahlo with her dogs in Coyoacán, Mexico City, 1951—Photo: © Gisèle Freund / IMEC / Fonds MCC

Frida Kahlo in her garden, 1951—Photo: © IMEC / Fonds MCC / Dist. Rmn / Photo Gisèle Freund

Frida Kahlo, 1951—Photo: © Gisèle Freund / IMEC / Fonds MCC

Frida Kahlo in her studio painting Portrait of My Father, 1951—Photo: © Gisèle Freund / IMEC / Fonds MCC

Frida Kahlo and Dr. Juan Farill photographed in her home, 1951—Photo: © Gisèle Freund / IMEC / Fonds MCC

Photo: © Gisèle Freund / IMEC / Fonds MCC

Photo: © Gisèle Freund / IMEC / Fonds MCC

Frida Frida lying on her bed, 1951—Photo: © Gisèle Freund / IMEC / Fonds MCC

Frida Kahlo in her studio painting Portrait of My Father, 1951—Photo: © Gisèle Freund / IMEC / Fonds MCC

A rare and detailed portrait of Frida Kahlo in 1951—Photo: © Gisèle Freund / IMEC / Fonds MCC

Interior view of Kahlo's house, 1951—Photo: © Gisèle Freund / IMEC / Fonds MCC

Interior view of Kahlo's house, 1951—Photo: © Gisèle Freund / IMEC / Fonds MCC

Mask, doll, and ex-votos in Kahlo's house, 1951—Photo: © Gisèle Freund / IMEC / Fonds MCC



6 comments:

  1. Stannous FlourideMay 6, 2015 at 1:06 AM

    Many of those pre-Columbian artworks are still there in that garden and all the furniture shown, including the bed in which she recovered from her accident, taught herself to paint, and in which she died, are there as well.
    Diego collected over 60,000 pieces of native art (mostly to keep them in Mexico), many of which were moved to his Annahuacalli museum. But a hundred or so are in Casa Azul (the Kahlo residence) and in Casa Rojo (the Rivera residence).
    Her studio stands as shown and feels as if she had just left to get a cup of coffee and will be right back. It is a very moving experience.

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