Frida Kahlo’s painting Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia) (1928) recently joined the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston. According to the museum, this was the first work that the artist ever sold. It is also the first of Kahlo’s works to enter the museum’s collections.
The painting represents two Mexicans, Salvadora and Herminia, posing in front of tropical foliage; they were domestic helpers in Frida Kahlo’s childhood home Casa Azul, that today has become the Frida Kahlo Museum. The faces show dignity, almost heroism, echoing the artist’s Communist leanings.
According to Graham Gund, director of the MFA: “Frida Kahlo’s work is a 20th century touchstone, and we’re proud to be able to count this remarkable acquisition among the MFA’s masterpieces of art of the Americas. As our community continues to grow and evolve, we’re committed to representing the diverse experiences of artists in our galleries.”