Boston museum acquires rare Frida Kahlo painting

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has become the only New England museum to add a Frida Kahlo painting to its permanent collection.

The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1QqFBOa) that “Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia),” is a rare, early portrait by the renowned Mexican painter.

MFA director Matthew Teitelbaum says the work furthers the museum’s goal of “representing artistic voices from across the Americas.”

The portrait was painted in 1928 and depicts two maids who worked for Kahlo’s mother in front of a verdant backdrop. Teitelbaum calls the work “strong, beautiful and iconic.”

American industrialist Jackson Cole Phillips purchased the painting directly from Kahlo in July 1929. The MFA acquired it in December.

The MFA estimates there are only 12 paintings by Kahlo in U.S. museums today.

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