NEW YORK (AP) , a frida kahlo self portrait The one that shows the artist with the face of her husband, Diego Rivera, in the middle of her forehead, sold Tuesday at Sotheby’s in New York for $34.9 million, an auction record for a work by a Latin American artist.
The 1949 painting, “Diego and I”, depicts Kahlo’s tumultuous relationship with the Mexican muralist Rivera, who was better known than her during her lifetime, but whose fame has been eclipsed by her in recent years.
A Rivera painting was the previous record-holder for the highest auction price for a Latin American artist’s work – $9.8 million in 2018.
Anna di Stasi, Sotheby’s director of Latin American art, said that “Diego and I” was painted the same year Rivera began an affair with her friend, film star Maria Felix. Di Stasi described the work as “a painted summary of all of Kahlo’s passion and pain, a tour de force of the artist’s raw emotional power at the peak of her abilities”.
A Sotheby’s spokesman said the painting was given to the founder of a museum in Buenos Aires, Eduardo F. Costantini for his personal collection. Sotheby’s did not disclose the identity of the seller.
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