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Nickolas Muray (American/Hungarian, 1892–1965)
LOT ID: 67796
Frida by the Cactus Organ Fence, 1938

Carbon Print
15.75 х 11 in. (40.01 x 27.94 cm.)
Other, Signed by Mimi Muray, daughter and executor of Muray Archive. Title, date, artist name, number and copyright "Nickolas Muray Photo Archives" in pencil on print verso. Also on print verso in pencil, "Hand-made Carbon Print by Tod Gangler Limited to 30 Prints Plus 5 Artist Proofs"
Print/Casting Year 2012
Edition 5/30
Foundry/Publisher Tod Gangler
Lot description
This color carbon photograph of Frida Kahlo was recently released by the Nickolas Muray Estate.
It was taken in Mexico in the front patio of the houses in San Angel Inn, her back to Diego's pink house. This was Nick's second trip to Mexico in 1938. His first visit that year was when Diego and Frida's guests were André Breton and his wife Jacqueline Lamba.

During this year Frida painted a small work appearing to refer to her affair with Nick. The title was "Xóchitl", the Náhuatl word for "flower".

Nick Muray's photographs are in museum collections, including the George Eastman House that houses the archive. He was a notable commercial photographer known for first introducing color advertising photographs to major magazines. He is also known for his striking portraits of movie stars like Elizabeth Taylor and notable historic figures like Babe Ruth.

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