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April 3, 2018

Fascinating Portraits of Frida Kahlo Taken by Her Best Friend Lucienne Bloch in the Early 1930s

The two women met through Kahlo’s partner Diego Rivera and quickly formed a solid friendship, with Bloch remaining by Kahlo’s side during some of the most difficult moments of her famously turbulent life.
“We went to a Spanish restaurant and had a kind of strong stuff like Vodka which one drinks with lemon and salt. We acted most crazy. It was a fine afternoon and cheered Frida up.” – Lucienne Bloch.

Lucienne Bloch was a prolific artist. Born in Switzerland, she soon moved with her family to American in mist of the growing tensions of war and anti-Semitism. At the young age of 15 years old, she attended The Cleveland Institute of Art and later in life enrolled in the Ecole National et Superier des Beaux Arts in Paris.

Exceeding in her artistic endeavors, she worked for a number of established artist such as sculptor, Anotine Boudelle, and architecture Frank Lloyd Wright. However, it was her encounter with Mexican Muralist, Diego Rivera, and painter Frida Kahlo that solidified Bloch artistic style. Bloch became a closed friend of the couple, as well as, the chief photographer of the Rockefeller Center mural Diego Rivera was working on in New York before it was destroyed.

In addition to her photographs, Bloch was a Fresco muralist for the Federal Arts Project of the Works Progress Administration from 1934-1939. She continued to teach and work until her dead in 1999.



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