Frida Kahlo’s gift to a friend

This self-portrait of Frida Kahlo with a pet monkey was exhibited in 1938 in New York in her first exposition there.

The artist later gave this painting to her close friend, Mary Sklar.  First she attached a mirror so that her friend could be with her, if she wished. 

This has to be the most thoughtful material gift to a friend I have seen.

The most valuable non-material one being their physical presence and their attention when they are not present.

The most valuable gifts in the world.

Failing physical presence, what a wonderful gift of friendship is this double mirror!

 

 

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Fulang-Chang and I, 1937, assembled after 1939; oil on composition board (1937) with painted mirror frame (added after 1939); and mirror with painted mirror frame (after 1939).  Frieda Kahlo, 1907-1954, Mexican.  MOMA, NY

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