Frida Kahlo remains as popular today as she was during the days when she created her groundbreaking art. Though much of her work has survived and is admired throughout the world, it’s still an exciting treat when something new (or rather, rediscovered) turns up. That’s why it’s so thrilling that a piece of Frida’s work has just resurfaced after being “missing” for years. And it’s not just any piece — it happens to be Frida Kahlo’s very first self-portrait.
In 1929, at just 22 years old, Frida painted “Niña con collar (Girl with necklace)” which shows the young woman sitting in a chair, expressionless, and wearing a beaded green necklace with a matching shawl (or rebozo) pulled over an orange dress. And though the purposefully unfinished self-portrait features her signature brows, it also displays the exploratory touch of a young artist and much simpler portrayal of the subject matter than she’d become so well known for. Still, it’s a stunning example of the type of piece that Kahlo would become so revered for.
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“The girl’s lips are sealed in a pout, but her vacant look beckons, making the viewer wonder what is passing through her mind,” said Salomon Grimberg. “This is a thought never far from the viewer’s mind, when studying a Kahlo self portrait. Niña con collar is the seed of many self portraits that Kahlo will produce thereafter in her signature style.”
Gifted by Diego Rivera to the present owner, one of the artist’s former assistants, in 1955, one year after Frida’s death, “this hung in a California home for 60 years,” Axel Stein, head of Latin American art at Sotheby’s, told Reuters. “The painting looks very fresh. It was in a dark part of the house so the colors are vibrant.”
With the painting being lost from the public for 60 years, it is now headed to Sotheby’s where it is estimated to sell for $1.5 to $2 million.
(h/t The Huffington Post)