Nickolas Muray (1892-1965, American, b. Hungary) - Frida with “Hand” earrings , Coyoacán, Mexico, 1940
Although André Breton, the Pope os Surrealism hailed her a Surrealist, Frida explained she was not an intentional one, “I never paint my dreams. I painted my own reality.” The “hand” earrings Frida is wearing in the photograph were a gift to her from Picasso, who she met through Breton and his wife Jacquline Lamba in 1939, when her work was exhibited in Paris. The Louvre bought the small self-portait The Frame for the Jeu de Paume. Frida’s paintings were praised not only by Picasso but also by Kindinsky, Miró, Paalen and Tanguy among others.
Nickolas Muray (1892-1965, American, b. Hungary) - Frida on Rooftop, New York, 1946
In 1946, while visiting New York for a spinal fusion operation, Frida visited Nick in his duplex. She arrived with Cristina and her new lover, Spanish refugee, Josep Bartoli. When Nick photographed Frida on the rooftop of his duplex, she was no longer in love with him, which is evident in her face, turning away from his gaze, as opposed to the times when he photographed her while they been lovers.