March 20, 2015

40 Fascinating Black and White Portraits of Frida Kahlo From Between the 1930s and 1940s

“I paint self-portraits, because I’m so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” – Frida Kahlo.
Artist Frida Kahlo was considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists who began painting mostly self-portraits after she was severely injured in a bus accident. Kahlo later became politically active and married fellow communist artist Diego Rivera in 1929. She exhibited her paintings in Paris and Mexico before her death in 1954. Below is a collection of 40 fascinating portraits of Frida Kahlo from between the 1930s and 1940s.

Frida Kahlo by Imogen Cunningham, 1930.

Frida Kahlo by Julien Levy, 1938.

Frida Kahlo in the artist’s studio by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, 1932.

Frida Kahlo sits with her arms folded, looking down, in front of one of her paintings and a wooden bird cage, c.1945.

Frida Kahlo with self-portrait drawing by Diego Rivera (1930), Coyoacan, circa 1945. Photo by Manuel Alvarez Bravo.

Frida Kahlo by Florence Arquin, c.1941.

Frida Kahlo photographed in 1946 after an operation.

Frida Kahlo and her dog Xolo.

Frida Kahlo by Leo Matiz, 1946

Frida Kahlo painting “The Two Fridas,” ca.1938 by Nickolas Muray.

Frida Kahlo by Lucienne Bloch, 1933.

Frida Kahlo by Lucienne Bloch, 1935.

Frida Kahlo holding her pet monkey, Mexico City, 1944.

Frida Kahlo in Front of the Unfinished Unity Panel, 1933. Photographed by Lucienne Bloch.

Frida boating at Xochimilco, Fritz Henle, 1936.

Frida Kahlo at the Barbizon Plaza Hotel, 1932. Photographed by Lucienne Bloch.





Frida Kahlo in Manuel Álvarez Bravo's studio, 1932.


Frida Kahlo by Lola Alvarez Bravo, 1944.

Frida Kahlo by Lola Alvarez Bravo, 1944.

Frida Kahlo by Carl Van Vechten, 1932.

Frida Kahlo by Guillermo Davila, 1929.


Frida Kahlo, 1932.

Frida Kahlo by Juan Guzman, c.1930.

Frida Kahlo by Fritz Henle, 1937.

Frida lying on her stomach by Nickolas Muray, 1946.

Frida Kahlo in the Casa Azul, anonymous photographer, 1930.

Frida Kahlo arriving in New York, 1938.

Frida Kahlo by Lola Alvarez Bravo, 1944..


Frida Kahlo painting "Self-Portrait on the Borderline Between Mexico and the United States" in the Detroit Institute of Arts mural project studio, 1932. Photograph by W.J. Stettler.

Frida Kahlo by Leo Matiz, 1946.

Frida Kahlo by Leo Matiz, 1946.

Frida Kahlo by Leo Matiz, 1946.

Frida Kahlo by Leo Matiz, 1941.





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